Gas tax hike on the way in Virginia?

Posted at 3:40 PM, Nov 11, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-11 15:42:45-05

Gas prices just keep dropping -- well below the $3 a gallon mark -- but in just a few weeks, you'll be paying more if you fill up in Virginia.

It's all because of the Commonwealth's gas tax.

Yesterday, Virginia lawmakers rejected a last minute attempt by Republican Delegate Bob Marshall, to stop a hike.

The state's gas tax is set to increase 45 percent next year, as part of a transportation package passed in the General Assembly last year.

We're told the extra money will be used for highway construction.

Lawmakers had agreed on the tax hike only if Congress failed to pass an internet sales tax bill -- a bill that would help states collect taxes for online purchases.

But that legislation is not expected to pass Congress this year.

Delegate Marshall argued the move shows a lack of accountability on the part of Virginia lawmakers.

Virginia already has one of the lowest gas taxes in the country, so Democratic supporters of the tax hike say it won't cause a big sting to taxpayers, but will help fund critical transportation projects.