Anyone who drives in Virginia knows the roads can use any help they can get. But imagine the idea of federal money being lost, because the state doesn't pony up the matching funds.
That's the alarm being sounded in a state legislative report. It warns that if the matching cash isn't found, Virginia will start losing large chunks of federal highway funds beginning in 2013.
Virginia increasingly depends on that federal help to build roads. Next year alone, cash from Washington will account for more than 60-percent of V-DOT's road building budget. But the legislature hasn't substantially increased transportation spending since 1986.
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