Governor’s Transportation Plan Hits Roadblock

By Whitney Spicer and Alix Hines, Capital News Service

All 20 of Virginia’s Democratic senators — including Vienna-area Sens. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax) and Janet Howell (D-Reston) — voted against Gov. Bob McDonnell’s transportation plan late Tuesday, effectively blocking the Senate’s version of the proposal for this legislativesession.

The move makes it less likely Gov. Bob McDonnell will pass a transportation package in his last year in office.

While the House amended and approved a version of the plan, HB 2313, earlier Tuesday, sending it to the Senate Finance Committee, Senate Democrats “vowed to block any proposal that generated less than $1.2 billion a year in new roads money,” the Washington Examiner reports. Continue reading