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2008-07-12 03:00:16

By Michael Sluss mike.sluss@roanoke.com (804) 697-1585 Gov. Tim Kaine compared the General Assembly's unproductive special session to a television sitcom Thursday, but he wasn't laughing about a debacle that left Virginia without a fix for its transportation funding woes. The special session called June 23 by Kaine ended in the wee hours of Thursday morning as many had predicted it would, with a politically divided legislature deadlocked over whether to increase taxes to cover mounting...

2008-06-20 12:00:19

By Michael Sluss, The Roanoke Times, Va. Jun. 20--RICHMOND --Gov. Tim Kaine on Thursday produced the transportation funding bill he will ask lawmakers to pass next week, and set up a showdown with Republicans in the House of Delegates who have criticized his plan. Kaine released a 55-page bill that calls for increases in the vehicle sales tax and vehicle registration fees to reduce a maintenance funding shortfall that has forced the state to use highway construction dollars for the...


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