Cuccinelli Unveils Transportation Plan

By: Amelia Nahmias Email
By: Amelia Nahmias Email

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ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- Only two weeks before elections, Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli presented an ambitious transportation plan Tuesday.

His proposal transfers responsibility of the commonwealth's transportation system to county and local governments.

Policy makers from Cuccinelli's campaign said that under this proposal county roads would need to be maintained and paid for by individual counties eliminating responsibility from Virginia's Department of Transportation (VDOT).

Currently, the state owns county roads and keeps up with wear and tear and also pays for new roads.

Cuccinelli's plan would set up a block grant program, basically giving counties the same amount of money currently spent by VDOT.

Political analyst David McQuilkin said because Cuccinelli is falling behind so close to the election, this proposal is aimed to separate him from his opponents.

"That's the issue right there. How do I now position myself to make myself more attractive to conservative right to get them to support me. This is one way to do it," said McQuilkin.

Opponent Terry McAuliffe backs Governor Bob McDonnell's bipartisan transportation plan passed in the General Assembly earlier this year, which would bring no major departure from what currently happens.


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