WASHINGTON - Virginia Gov. Timothy Kaine is pushing a transportation funding plan that he says would raise about $1 billion per year over the next six years through tax increases and also would revive the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority's ability to issue bonds.
But Republicans, who control the House of Delegates, have not warmed to the plan and have been against imposing or increasing statewide taxes that the Democratic governor has proposed. Even some Democrats, who control the Senate, are questioning Kaine's plan. Some of them have floated an increase to the state's gas tax, one of the lowest in the nation, but Kaine did not include that option in his plan.