RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Give Gov. Bob McDonnell credit for his late-game effort to achieve a meaningful legacy in part by proposing a profound transportation funding overhaul.
But legislative leaders in both parties say McDonnell will have to compromise, see his package amended and do a better job of reaching out to them if he hopes to get anything passed.
McDonnell proposes boosting the sales tax paid on all goods except groceries and prescription drugs by nearly a penny on the dollar.
But the 17½ cents-per-gallon tax on gasoline would end. The tax would still apply to diesel fuel, vehicle registrations would cost more, and a $100 state penalty would be added to the price of fuel-stingy hybrid cars.
And $1 billion relies on a dysfunctional Congress applying state sales taxes to Internet purchases.