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Transportation Proposals

Tuesday, January 4, 2005; Page B03

Here are some of the ideas for improving roads and rails that will come before the 2005 legislative sessions in Virginia and Maryland.

Virginia Gov. Mark R. Warner (D): Proposes a $824 million boost in road and transit spending, mostly for the current budget. No tax increase.

Virginia House Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford): Will propose a plan to spend about $1.8 billion on transportation over the next six years without raising taxes. The plan is similar to Warner's but would provide more than $300 million in annual financial commitments to transportation.

Virginia Republican Delegates: Several delegates propose raising about $140 million a year for roads, bridges, tunnels and transit by increasing fines on bad drivers. Other delegates are pushing a plan to raise billions of dollars for transportation by increasing borrowing.

Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R): Seeks funding for the intercounty connector, an east-west highway in Montgomery and Prince George's counties. He also supports raising as much as $90 million for transportation with new or higher fees, primarily by increasing financial penalties for drunk drivers. No tax increases.

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