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Morning Read: McDonnell to Sign Transportation Funding Legislation

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    Gov. Bob McDonnell is expected to officially enact his sweeping transportation funding legislation in a ceremonial signing today at the Virginia Capitol.

    The measure would replace Virginia's 17 1/2 cents-per-gallon gas tax with a 3.5 percent wholesale tax on gasoline and a 6 percent levy on diesel fuel. It would also increase the statewide sales taxes from 5 percent to 5.3 percent and add a $100 registration fee for fuel-sipping hybrid vehicles.

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