Transportation Funding

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.


VaNews is a free public service of the Virginia Public Access Project and can be found at vpap.org.
 

Virginia's Transportation Package

Mar 27, 2013

Governor McDonnell has proposed amendments to the transportation-funding package that was hammered out by conferees and passed by the General Assembly last month. 

The Downside of Development

Mar 20, 2013

Every five years, Virginia requires cities and counties to update plans for development – how and where they’ll grow. 

Many communities assume growth is good – and some even offer tax breaks to attract new industries and businesses, but a new report by Charlottesville economist David Shreve and planning consultant Craig Evans suggests that’s not the case if new companies hire people from elsewhere. 

That’s because new residents increase the demand for public services, such as education, road construction and maintenance, public safety, water systems, sewers and so on.

Distracted Driving Legislation

Feb 26, 2013

The passage of Virginia’s transportation-funding bill was not the only change of heart that took place in the General Assembly this session.  Another was tackling a growing traffic-safety hazard that did not even exist a generation ago—and making it a primary offense. It not only toughens current state penalties against texting while driving, but it targets similar communications.

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