Virginia lawmaker proposes getting rid of gas tax

Posted at 5:24 PM, Dec 28, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-30 11:33:36-05

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) — It could soon cost you more to shop, but less to drive here in Virginia.

Fairfax Delegate Tim Hugo plans to introduce legislation at next month’s General Assembly session that would do away with Virginia’s 17.5 cent gas tax. Instead, he wants to raise the state’s sales tax from 5% to 5.9% to help pay for road maintenance.

Hugo says his plan would raise $500-million a year for transportation.

If the bill were to pass, Virginia would be the first state in the country to get rid of the gas tax.