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Virginia proposal complicates Maryland's gas tax debate
Virginia proposal complicates Maryland's gas tax debate

The governor of Virginia has thrown a new wrinkle into a Maryland debate by calling for abolition of the commonwealth's gas tax and increasing the sales tax to pay for roads and transit – a move that would alter the competitive balance between the two states. This week's proposal by Gov. Bob McDonnell, a Republican, is part of a five-year $3.1 billion plan that seeks to address that state's lack of money for transportation projects – which parallels a similar shortfall in Maryland — by shifting from a dwindling revenue source to one with the potential to grow with inflation. The plan, which would make Virginia the first state to scrap the gas tax...

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