When I was elected in 2003, seventeen years had elapsed since our per gallon gas tax—by far Virginia’s largest contribution to VDOT’s budget—was raised from 15 cents per gallon to 17.5 cents. That’s what it remains today. As a per gallon tax, inflation took its toll, and that same 17.5 cents is worth about 7-8 cents in 1986 dollars. Meanwhile, the population grew by more than 2 million and the number of cars on the road exploded. Now, after 27 years, and ten years into my service in the House of Delegates a comprehensive transportation bill sits on the Governor’s desk waiting his signature. It will not solve every problem, and it will take a few years to ramp up, but it is a significant step in the right direction.