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Supported Transportation Lockbox: restrict diverting funding

HJ 41: The Virginia Transportation Revenue Lockbox Amendment

Proposed Ballot Question:Should the Constitution of Virginia be amended to require that funds designated for transportation purposes be used exclusively for transportation purposes, unless directed for another use by an affirmative vote of 2/3 of the members of each house of the General Assembly, rather than the current process by which funds may be redirected to non-transportation purposes by a simple majority vote?

Summary from Ballotpedia:The measure would have required that all revenue dedicated by law to transportation funds be spent on (a) constructing, maintaining, and operating transportation systems, (b) furthering the interests of highways, public transportation, railways, seaports, and airports, and (c) operating state agencies related to transportation.

Legislative Outcome:Passed House 77-22-1 on 2/8; Rep. Nick Freitas voted YES; defeated in Senate committee 7-9-0 on 2/27

Source: Ballotpedia.org on Virginia legislative voting record HJ 41 , Feb 8, 2018

Government barriers to expanding technology must be stopped

As someone who doesn't have broadband myself, I understand the frustration. An estimate to lay fiber optic cable from the road to my house have run as high as $22,000. The GA has already passed legislation in the 2017 session which will help alleviate this problem by removing many onerous regulations and restrictions which have prevented broadband providers from being able to reach underserved areas. We need to continue to take down government imposed barriers to technological expansion.
Source: Culpeper Star Exponent on 2018 Virginia Senate race , Oct 26, 2017

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