The Special Session of the Virginia General Assembly ended this morning with no action on Virginia's transportation funding crisis. Last month VDOT announced that a short-fall of $1.1 Billion dollars meant that road construction in the state would be curtailed. That included new lanes to RMH on Port Republic Rd, and the Southeast Connector.
The Governor said, "I don't think I've ever seen a group of people work so hard to do nothing."
Kaine had proposed a package of statewide tax and fee increases, largely to address a maintenance funding shortfall that is forcing the state to divert money from its road construction budget to cover the gap. He also wanted regional tax increases for Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads to replace previous funding plans that were invalidated by the Virginia Supreme Court.The Republican controlled House rejected Kaine's proposal and countered with:
...chirp, chirp....nothing.So House Democrats stepped in with an alternative plan:
The bill (Senate Bill 6009) still called for increases in the retail sales tax and vehicle sales and rental taxes and a reduction in the sales tax on groceries, making it an impossible sell to most House Republicans.But that was also defeated. There will be no solution to the transportation funding crisis this year.
Thanks for Nothing Delegates!