Richmond Times-Dispatch
Email Facebook Twitter YouTube Mobile RSS

Richmond seeks greater voice on Va. transportation panel

»  Comments | Post a Comment

The Richmond region wants another seat at the table when Virginia divides a dwindling pot of money for road construction.

Adding an at-large seat for the region on the Commonwealth Transportation Board is the top priority of the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission in the General Assembly session that will begin a week from today.

Local officials say the Richmond and Petersburg area never has held an at-large seat on the state board, only a representative for the regional construction district, and has gotten short shrift in road funding as a result.

“We have 7 percent of the vote and 15 percent of the population,” said Hanover County Planning Commissioner C. Harold Padgett, “so our suspicion is we may not be getting our fair share of money.”

Padgett, speaking at the commission’s annual legislative breakfast today, said part of the problem is an archaic definition of urban and rural areas that has diminished opportunities for representation of the region on the highway board.

The commission has asked Del. Christopher K. Peace, R-Hanover, to sponsor legislation to change the definition of an urban area and add an at-large seat for the region on the state board.

The legislative wish list also includes more federal money for developing high-speed passenger rail through Virginia, help for localities in meeting federal water-quality standards, restoration of homeland security funding in the region, and approval of a proposal to allow localities to use federal historic tax credits to renovate historic school buildings for use as public schools.

That wish list will depend in large part on federal funding that appears likely to diminish rather than expand, as Congress wrestles with thorny issues of paying for continuing tax cuts while reducing the budget deficit, said Rep. Robert C. “Bobby” Scott, D-Va., the keynote speaker at today’s breakfast.

“This is simple, zero-sum game arithmetic,” said Scott, who represents the state’s 3rd Congressional District.

“We’ve got to make some choices,” he said.

-- Michael Martz

Terms and Conditions

Share This:

Share - Yahoo! Share - Facebook Facebook Share - More More


View More: No tags are associated with this article
Not what you're looking for? Try our quick search:


Reader Comments

*Facebook Account Required to Comment. If you are not already logged into Facebook, please click the comment button to do so.

Deal of the Day



Virginia Politics Blog

  • Senate panel scuttles bills to ease absentee voting
  • Republicans attack Democrats' gas tax proposal
  • Latino groups push for state DREAM act, oppose other bills
  • Romney to address tech group in Reston
  • Autism measure headed to House floor
  • Bill Would Extend Time to Pay Fines
  • House Republicans trot out jobs package
  • Local mandates targeted for elimination
  • Marshall officially announces U.S. Senate bid
  • McDonnell to address Missouri GOP
» More from the Virginia Politics Blog


Media General - Coupons and Deals Promo Codes
KewlBoxBoxerJam: Games & Puzzles
Games, Puzzles & Trivia
Blockdot: Advergaming and Branded Media
Advergaming and Branded Media
Web Links: Advertise With Us | Contact Us | Email Alerts | Times-Dispatch Shop | RSS Feeds | Mobile Alerts | Search | Find Richmond Jobs
Newspaper Links: Subscribe to the Newspaper | TD-Digital | Kindle Edition | Place a Classified | Submit News Tips | Contact Us | Photo Reprints
Main Media Partners: | Goochland Gazette | Mechanicsville Local | Midlothian Exchange | Virginia Newspapers | Powhatan Today | PolitiFact Virginia

Calais - Powered by Thomson ReutersCalais - Powered by Thomson Reuters