Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has unveiled a potentially precedent-setting transportation plan that would eliminate the state gas tax in favor of higher sales taxes and other fees to fund highway and other projects.

McDonnell said the plan, announced Tuesday, would generate more than $3.1 billion for transportation over the next five years by dropping the state’s 17.5 cents per gallon gas tax and offsetting it with a 0.8 percent phased-in increase in the state’s general sales tax that would be dedicated to transportation. McDonnell’s plan also would increase vehicle registration fees by $15.

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