The Senate bill would increase the gas tax by 1 cent per year over the next 6 years. It also increases the auto sales tax (3% to 3.5%) and the sales tax (5% to 5.25%) but decrease the sales tax on food (2.5% to 2%). There would also be regional fees for NOVA and Hampton Roads.
The Senate vote was along party lines.
CCC supports increasing the gas tax since it would fall on in-state and out-of-state motorists alike. CCC also supports decreasing the sales tax on food purchased in grocery stores - a very regressive tax. A "chicken in every pot" and all that!
While trolling the Richmond Times-Dispatch's coverage of the General Assembly, I came upon this tongue-in-cheek comment on a way to raise funds and lay more pavement. But, it may not work as hoped - according to reports, a Nevada business is offering gas cards to stimulate its business which has gone soft due to rising gas prices.