Former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen have been indicted by a federal jury on 14 counts related to gifts and loans they received from former Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams. McDonnell made a public statement at a Richmond law firm and said they have been falsely accused. He stated that he never promised—and Jonnie Williams and Star Scientific never received—any government benefit of any kind from him or his administration. He noted that the federal investigation has been indescribably agonizing, but he believes that the facts and the law are on his side.
The annual license tax imposed on hybrid vehicles as part of last year’s transportation-funding law may be on its way out. The Virginia Senate has voted overwhelmingly to repeal the tax, which was never popular in the first place.
Lawmakers who did not want to jeopardize the transportation compromise last year now feel free to get rid of that provision.