Del. Minchew supports proposal to overhaul how money is allocated in Virginia.
Thursday, January 31
By Destiny Brandon, Capital News Service Northern Virginia would get a bigger share of the state’s highway maintenance funds under legislation being sponsored by Del. Jim LeMunyon (R-67). House Bill 1884 would allocate the funds “on the basis of vehicle miles traveled in each highway construction district compared to vehicle miles traveled in the Commonwealth as a whole.” A subcommittee of the House Transportation Committee voted 3-2 in favor of HB 1884. The bill is awaiting a vote by the full committee. The three subcommittee members who favored the measure are all delegates from Northern Virginia, including Del. Randy Minchew (R-10), who represents Leesburg and parts of Ashburn. Tom Rust (R-86) and Eileen Filler-Corn (D-41) also pushed …
[Corrections made; see note at bottom.]With the popularity of stadium naming rights, and the potential revenue, Virginia recently opened the option for rest stops. Now highways?
Friday, March 30, 2012
By Ryan Murphy Capital News Service RICHMOND – As the state budget inches closer to passage by the General Assembly, the Virginia Department of Transportation is hoping to raise money by selling the naming rights for roads, bridges and highway stretches. “We look for revenue generation opportunity where we can, and we try to be creative with it,” VDOT spokeswoman Tamara Rollison said. She said it has been a struggle for VDOT to maintain Virginia’s infrastructure in light of the department’s financial troubles. “Our resources and revenues have been dwindling over the years,” she said, noting that a 1986 gas tax increase was the most recent serious increase in revenue. “When we can find innovative ways to partner with the private sector and …