Virginia Editorial: Tolling on I-81? Here We Go Again

The Governor and lawmakers have decided that tolling the entire stretch of I-81 in Virginia is a good idea, another case of back room deals without the input from Virginians.

Why do lawmakers in Richmond support tolling rather than a gas tax increase? Is it because Virginians aren’t supportive of a gas tax increase or is it because lawmakers are afraid of not getting reelected. I for one, would rather fund roadway improvements with any other funding than a toll, including a gas tax. Let’s ask Virginians what we think. Don’t make decisions and deals ahead without consulting those who will be impacted. And don’t hold a series of so-called public meetings after you’ve made your decision as a façade to say you reached out to get “public input”.