Cuccinelli: Part of transportation bill is unconstitutional

Posted at 2:41 PM, Mar 23, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-23 14:41:15-04

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says part of the state’s landmark transportation legislation compromise, which includes Medicaid expansion, is unconstitutional.

The two opinions issued Friday came after inquiries from Republican Del. Bob Marshall, a vocal opponent of additional taxes and government expansion, according to WTVR.

The General Assembly passed the legislation in late February during the final hours of its  session.

Part of the legislation, which passed with bipartisan support in both the House and Senate, would increase the state sales tax from 5 percent to a new rate of 5.3 percent, a 3.5 percent wholesale gas tax and a $100 alternative fuel fee for hybrid vehicle owners.