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.
IN OTHER NEWS:
* The story of Charles Ramsey -- the man who rescued the captive Cleveland women -- and his visit to the District. (Washington Post)
* The Maryland prison scandal was a big blow to Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s possible 2016 run. (National Review)
* O’Malley officially endorsed his lieutenant governor, Anthony Brown, as his successor. (News4)
* Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is releasing his second television ad Monday touting his $1.4 billion tax cut plan. (Washington Post)
* A deeper look at Todd Schneider, the ex-chef central in Gov. McDonnell’s political drama. (Associated Press)
* The Fairfax County school board is considering a softer disciplinary policy that would suspend a student for up to 10 days if he or she is caught with marijuana for the first time. Under current rules, that student would be expelled. (Washington Examiner)
* A Virginia equality group, EV Advocates, is gearing up for the gubernatorial race and is trying to raise $50,000 to educate voters about the differences between the two candidates. (Metro Weekly)
* D.C. Councilmembers can only vote yes or no on the mayor’s proposed food truck regulations, meaning the controversial legislation is an all-or-nothing proposal. (Washington Examiner)