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The Washington Post : Why Ralph Northam’s proposal to raise the gas tax is a good idea

The last time Virginia raised its per-gallon exise tax on gas was in 1986. It took more than a quarter-century after that for elected officials to raise new funds to bail out the state’s beleaguered roads, mainly through a sales tax increase in 2013. Now, seven years later, Mr. Northam has acted before a new emergency forces his hand. That looks like an improvement. Read More

Richmond Times-Dispatch : Editorial: Time to address our infrastructure deficits

According to TRIP, a Washington, D.C.-based transportation research nonprofit, nearly one third of major local- and state-maintained roads are “poor or mediocre.” More than 600 local- and state-maintained bridges of at least 20 feet in length are “poor/structurally deficient.” Those deficits cost drivers in the Richmond area more than $1,500 per year in added vehicle operating costs, traffic accidents and congestion delays. Read More