WASHINGTON — A key Virginia lawmaker is sponsoring legislation that would raise nearly $1 billion annually for infrastructure through gas and sales taxes, after warning of a severe budget shortfall for road maintenance near the nation’s capital and complaining the governor’s transportation plan is only “a drop in the bucket,”

Del. Vivian Watts, D-Annandale, introduced the bill last week, aiming to solve some of Virginia’s infrastructure woes by imposing a 4% statewide gas tax phased in over four years.

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