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Senate OKs Road Funding Amendment; Time to Deal

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    The stage is set for a showdown among lawmakers in Richmond after the Senate passed a transportation plan that's drastically different from the House version. News4 Northern Virginia Bureau Chief Julie Carey reports. (Published Wednesday, Feb 13, 2013)

    A souped-up rewrite of Gov. Bob McDonnell's transportation bill won Senate passage without debate.

    The 26-14 vote sends the drastically amended bill back to the House of Delegates where a two-thirds Republican majority is hostile to the Senate's bid to not only restore but increase the gasoline tax the original bill repealed. McDonnell also opposes the 17.5 cents-per-gallon gasoline tax.

    Transportation Fight Ahead in Richmond

    [DC] Transportation Fight Ahead in Richmond
    The stage is set for a showdown among lawmakers in Richmond after the Senate passed a transportation plan that's drastically different from the House version. News4 Northern Virginia Bureau Chief Julie Carey reports. (Published Wednesday, Feb 13, 2013)

    The amended bill also adds a statewide 1 percent wholesale tax and an option for localities to levy an additional 1 percent.

    With the House certain to reject the Senate amendment, that sets up high-level private talks by a select committee of senators and delegates with input from McDonnell's administration to see if a compromise between the widely different positions is possible.

    Transportation reform is part of McDonnell's quest for a legislative legacy.