McDonnell urges lawmakers to be leaders

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January 13, 2011

By TYLER WHITLEY, WSLS10 NBC Richmond

Gov. Bob McDonnell urged Virginia lawmakers Wednesday to rise above partisanship and help him reform government, fix roads and make college more affordable.

“I know this is an election year. But we weren’t elected just to keep running,” he said in the annual State of the Commonwealth address to a joint session of the General Assembly. “We were elected to lead, to find solutions, to get results.”

“I want history to record of you (that) the 2011 session of the General Assembly … had the vision to take the big problems head on and fix them,” he added. “No excuses, no delays, no spin.”

Although there was little new in the address, McDonnell offered his strongest defense yet of a $4 billion transportation funding proposal that includes borrowing money, tying the money specifically to long-delayed projects across the state.

“I’m asking all of you to support a plan that pumps billions into roads, creates tens of thousands of new jobs, adds no new debt, starts work now and doesn’t raise taxes,” he declared.

“This plan will fund major public-private partnership projects, such as a new Midtown Tunnel tube in Norfolk; the extension of HOV/HOT lanes on I-95/395 and the widening of I-66 in Northern Virginia; work on a critical section of the Coalfields Expressway in Southwest Virginia; and widening and improving multiple sections of Route 58,” he said.

McDonnell said the plan can fund 900 road, rail and transit projects in the state.

“Every major business and transportation group in the state has endorsed our plan,” he added.

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