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Under this plan, the gas tax is eliminated and replaced with a 0.8 percent increase in the sales tax. Some have concerns with letting go of the gas tax, but it's time. With traditional gas vehicles becoming increasingly more efficient and clean fuel vehicles making up a larger percentage of the market each year, our gas tax revenues are decreasing and continually leaving transportation funding needs short.
Meanwhile, sales tax revenues continue to climb. Replacing a tax that is decreasing in value (the gas tax) with an equal tax that is increasing in value as our economy grows (the sales tax) is a smart move that will result in significant and much-needed funding for transportation for years to come.
Out-of-state travelers coming through Virginia who previously paid tax on gas, will now pay slightly more on all other goods--convenience-store items when they stop
Overall, this is a serious proposal to finally address transportation in Virginia, which is something that is very important to the people of the Fredericksburg region. It is much needed and the time to do it is now--before the problem gets worse.
Bill Howell of Stafford County serves as speaker