Kaine to announce transportation proposal

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Gov. Timothy M. Kaine has said he will unveil his own transportation funding plan in about 10 days and it may include an additional gas tax.

Virginia currently charges a 17.5 cent-per-gallon tax on gasoline. Kaine’s plan may also include an additional 3 percent sales tax on cars.

The General Assembly is expected to meet in June to devise a new transportation plan. About half of the funding the legislature passed in 2007 was lost this year due to the repeal of abusive driver fees and a ruling that struck down regional tax plans in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads. A weakening economy has also left the Virginia Department of Transportation’s six-year budget with a $1 billion shortfall.

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