Transportation Funding

Is a Toll a Tax?

Sep 11, 2013

State leaders say they do not have a contingency plan if the Virginia Supreme Court upholds a lower court ruling that tolls are taxes and not user fees.  

A group of Hampton Roads residents won a victory earlier this year over whether or not they are being unfairly tolled to pay for construction of a second Midtown Tunnel and maintenance of other tunnels.

Those who support VDOT's position say that if residents within that region win this lawsuit, citizens throughout the entire state will lose.

VaNews for 05.06.13

May 6, 2013

One method of paying for new roads in Virginia has hit a speed bump and a Hampton Roads man is in trouble for roughing up a city councilman’s car.

Those were two of the most clicked stories at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link.

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Air Traffic Controllers Back to Work

Apr 28, 2013

Lawmakers in the region are divided over a measure to give more flexibility to the FAA while leaving strict spending requirements in place for other parts of the government.

Airport delays caused by the sequester may soon be a thing of the past.  The legislation gives the FAA flexibility so air traffic controllers can get back to work.

Critics say those budget cuts only impact a small minority of the public, like business people and lawmakers themselves, while other parts of sequestration are hitting more vulnerable populations, like low income school children.

While Virginians wait for the dust to settle and lawmakers breathe a sigh of relief that the transportation funding battle is over, the nonprofit Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis has combed through the rubble to examine its effects. 

VaNews for 04.02.13

Apr 2, 2013

The Virginia General Assembly is losing another of its longest serving members and a single word added to a piece of legislation has made a complicated new law even more complicated.

Those stories were among the most clicked during the last week on Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link. Fred Echols reports.

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