Virginia Association of REALTORS® Announces Support for Governor McDonnell's Transportation Plan

From Gov. McDonnell's press office:

The 28,000-member Virginia Association of REALTORS has announced support for "Virginia's Road to the Future", the comprehensive long-term transportation funding plan proposed by Governor Bob McDonnell. The Virginia Association of REALTORS joins a growing list of leading business, labor, and transportation groups who have added their support to the governor’s transportation solution.

Speaking on behalf of the Virginia Association of REALTORS in support of the plan, Mary Dykstra of Roanoke, President of the Virginia Association of REALTORS said, “Transportation is a quality of life issue for every Virginia community.  It is one of the first questions a Realtor is asked about when someone is looking to buy a home anywhere in the Commonwealth. And until the General Assembly addresses the funding challenges we face, Virginia communities can't thrive as they should.”

Scott Brunner, Chief Executive Officer of the Virginia Association of REALTORS added, “We appreciate the Governor's leadership and creativity in restarting this important discussion. We believe his proposal is the right starting point for moving us toward a real, workable solution to the Commonwealth's transportation funding challenges.”

The Virginia Association of REALTORS, the largest trade association in Virginia, is the voice for real estate in Virginia, representing real estate professionals active in all phases of brokerage, development, property management and appraisal. They join numerous groups from across the Commonwealth that have already announced their support for the governor’s plan. They are:

•           American Concrete Paving Association - Mid-Atlantic Chapter

•           Associated General Contractors of Virginia

•           Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Division of Teamsters

•           Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen

•           CSX Transportation, Inc.

•           Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce

•           Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce

•           Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce

•           Hampton Roads Utility and Heavy Contractors Association

•           Heavy Construction Contractors Association

•           Old Dominion Highway Contractors Association

•           Norfolk Southern Corporation

•           Prince William Chamber of Commerce

•           Richmond Area Municipal Contractors Association

•           Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce

•           Precast Concrete Association of Virginia

•           Sheet Metal Air Rail and Transportation Union

•           Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce

•           Virginia Asphalt Association

•           Virginia Automobile Dealers Association

•           Virginia Chamber of Commerce

•           Virginians for High Speed Rail

•           Virginia Railroad Association

•           Virginia Ready-Mixed Concrete Association

•           Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance

•           Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce


Governor McDonnell’s plan will provide more than $3.1 billion in transportation funding for the Commonwealth over the next five years, including $1.8 billion for new construction. It will end the state’s crossover issue, in which money meant for construction is currently diverted to maintenance. The plan ties future transportation funding to economic growth and makes Virginia the first state in the nation to eliminate its gas tax, a rapidly declining revenue source. The full plan is available here.

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