The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce is pleased to see that new transportation funding for the Commonwealth is finally getting traction. It appears to be a priority in the closing days of this session of the General Assembly.
In our letter we urged the conferees to include significant, new, long-term and sustainable funding sources for both transportation maintenance and construction in the package. This is critical for the continued economic vitality of Virginia and for an enhanced quality of life for our citizens. Transportation is a core service of the Commonwealth and therefore transportation maintenance and construction must be a priority.
In the final package the Chamber would like to see localities given the ability to impose regional taxes and user fees to raise dedicated transportation funds for use within their locality.
We urged the conferees to include transportation revenue sources that include broad-based fees or taxes that are tied to the direct use of our transportation system. While its use appropriate, the funding package should not be largely dependent on the General Fund. Furthermore, we do not think great value should be given to funds dependent upon Congressional action.
In our letter we reminded the conferees that time is of the essence. They must act in a bipartisan fashion to put together a significant, new, long-term and sustainable transportation funding package.
I encourage you, Patch readers, to also contact the HB 2313 conferees . They need to hear from you as they seek consensus on the House and Senate versions of Virginia’s transportation funding bill.