Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Lawsuit Seeks to Kill State's Roads Bill

According to today's DailyPress.com, a group of conservatives has filed a sweeping constitutional challenge to the General Assembly's transportation plan that seeks to gut the entire bill, not merely the abusive driver fees that have caused so much controversy.

Filed Monday in Richmond Circuit Court, the lawsuit challenges the power of the regional transportation authorities in Hampton Roads and northern Virginia to raise revenue through taxes and fees. It says only units of government should have that power, not regional authorities.

The article further says that the plaintiffs in the suit are among the more prominent anti-tax activists in the state who are either elected officials or are affiliated with taxpayer groups and includes former delegate Dick Black of Loudoun County. Named in the suit are Gov. Timothy M. Kaine, Attorney General Bob McDonnell and House Speaker Bill Howell.

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