Good news! Yesterday, the General Assembly agreed to a floor to the gas tax (at the February 20, 2013 level).
Today the Senate and House passed resolutions calling for a special session to begin immediately on adjournment tomorrow at midnight. As the conference committees continue their work, as a private citizen, please call the legislators listed below (and, as a constituent, your own legislators if not listed)
Action: Thank the legislators for passing a floor for the gas tax and ask them to support Metro funding that:
- is the full $154M that WMATA needs
- offers $50 PRIIA match
- provides a 3% cap for operating costs
This alert supports the LWV-VA Transportation position:
Support for regionally balanced transportation systems which efficiently and economically meet regional needs without adversely affecting planned growth or the environment.
- Regional organizations that set policy for a multi- modal public transportation program, that plan, co-ordinate, and are the designated recipients of federal and state funds, that operate or contract for services, and that could have taxing power.
- A mixture of public (federal, state, and local) and private funding for public transportation.
And LWV-NCA Transportation position:
d. the use of a dedicated tax to help fund public transportation. The objective of such a tax should be to spread the costs of mass transit among the total population and to encourage the use of mass transit instead of the automobile. A sales tax which excludes such necessities as food and medicines would be the best means of financing mass transportation in the metropolitan area. The most important criteria to be used in evaluating particular taxes dedicated to transportation should be revenue potential, timeliness, and reliability (1980).