Virginia’s Republican candidate for governor and Virginia
Attorney General, Jerry W. Kilgore, says he wants to make transportation
funding a regular part of the state’s general fund budget.
Kilgore told the Richmond Times-Dispatch a growing
budget surplus would enable the state to pay for some transportation projects out
of the general fund. Transportation money typically comes from the state’s fuel
tax, motor vehicle tax and other special funding sources.
With the surplus, “we can begin to build a line item for
transportation in our general fund budget,” Kilgore told the newspaper.
Kilgore has ruled out a statewide transportation tax
increase but has proposed allowing regions to set up authorities to borrow
money or raise taxes, if approved by voters.
Both Kilgore and his Democratic opponent, Lt. Gov. Timothy
Kaine, have campaigned they would make transportation a priority without
raising taxes. The candidates have proposed using the general fund to help pay
for transportation projects. In addition, both say they will prevent the
transportation trust fund from being raided for other uses.