The General Assembly has adjourned until April after approving the biggest transportation funding package since the 1980's. Before they adjourned late Saturday afternoon, state senators agreed to spend $880 million for highway construction, maintenance and mass transit. Alexandria Democrat Adam Ebbin says he wanted to vote yes, but he found too many poison pills.
Senate Minority Leader Richard Saslaw (pictured) of Annandale overcame his initial reluctance and was on the prevailing side of a 25-15 vote.
The statewide sales tax will go up three-tenths of 1%, and Northern Virginia and Tidewater will have the ability to boost sales taxes in their areas by another seven tenths of 1%. Local State Senator Creigh Deeds was also part of the bipartisan coalition that approved the roads package.