House of Delegates passes major transportation bill
From Loudoun's delegation, Tom Rust (R-86), Jim LeMunyon (R-67), Joe May (R-33) and Randy Minchew (R-10) voted in favor, while Dels. Barbara Comstock (R-34) and David Ramadan (R-87) opposed.
The plan will; scrap the state's 17.5 cents-per-gallon gas tax; impose a 3.5 percent wholesale tax on gasoline and a 6 percent levy on diesel; increase the state sales tax from 5 percent to 5.3 percent; up the titling tax on car sales; and impose a $100 fee on hybrid vehicles.
A portion of the increased sales tax will be designated for mass transit projects, including Phase Two of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project.
Twenty-five Democrats voted in favor of the plan, assisting its passage by the Republican-majority House.
House Democratic Caucus Leader Mark Sickles, who represents Fairfax and voted for the measure, said the proposal is “far from perfect.”
“But the bill helps recover the lost purchasing power accumulated after 27 years of inaction, false starts and gimmicks. It provides a real tool to begin unwinding traffic and moving people in the Commonwealth's fastest growing regions. Democrats were proud to provide the margin of victory.”
The state Senate is expected to take up the legislation later Friday.
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