A Republican candidate for Virginia’s governor’s seat said
voters should get to decide whether to pay higher taxes to build roads.
With voter approval, gubernatorial-hopeful Jerry Kilgore
told local media he would set up regional authorities that could raise local
sales taxes or income taxes. The group also would have the power to borrow
money, control tolls and sell assets.
The regional groups would be made up of representatives from
local governments and the General Assembly, as well as residents.
Kilgore said he still opposes raising the state’s fuel tax
to pay for transportation. With fuel prices at or near record highs, he said an
increase in the tax rate would create too much hardship.
Kilgore gave his support for the following solutions:
a portion of the state’s general fund to support road building;
constitutional amendment preventing lawmakers from raiding transportation
funds to pay for other spending;
on the worst of the worst drivers with hefty fines; and
road-building partnerships between the state and private companies.
Lt. Gov. Timothy Kane, the Democratic gubernatorial nominee,
has not released a transportation plan, The Virginian-Pilot reported.