Virginia attorney general Ken Cuccinelli has issued an opinion that the sweeping new transportation law passed by the legislature last month violates the state constitution by imposing different taxes on different localities.

The legislation, a modified version of Gov. Bob McDonnell’s transportation spending plan, is projected to raise more than $800 million for transportation over the next five years by reducing Virginia’s per-gallon gasoline tax and instead imposing taxes on fuel wholesalers and diverting some state sales tax revenue to transportation. McDonnell and other supporters of the plan have said it could reduce Virginia’s reliance on debt for road construction and maintenance.

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