Possible Gasoline Tax Hike

Tax increases could be on the way if the high, punitive fees on bad drivers are repealed as the governor and a growing number of legislators want to do.

Governor Tim Kaine Wednesday declared the Abusive Driver Fees that took effect in June a failure. Kaine says he's willing to consider any road maintenance funding bill legislators can send his way, including increased taxes on fuel.

In his State of the Commonwealth Address, Kaine said that after six months, the fees would raise only about half of their projected $65 million a year.

And because Virginia highway deaths last year topped 1,000 for the first time since 1990, the governor says it had obviously failed to make the state's roads safer.

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