Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.
Is Virginia Violating the Law?
Is the Virginia General Assembly violating state law? Sen. Edd Houck, D-Spotsylvania, thinks the state may be.
In this article, Houck said by the state going after federal funds for new road projects and cutting maintenance of current roads by 25 percent. he feared Virginia was violating a state law that says maintaining roads must be put before building them.
"While none of these choices are easy, but that seems to be a major, major policy shift that I’m afraid it’s the wrong decision," Houck said.
"I don’t think the impact of this one has really hit people yet," he said. "We have a constitutional provision that maintenance come first and this is reneging on that proposition."
Do you agree with the senator? Is this the year lawmakers come up with new solutions for the transportation problem in the state? Where’s Harry Byrd when you need him?