Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe today reiterated his support for implementation of Governor Bob McDonnell’s bipartisan transportation compromise and urged Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to promise to implement the legislation despite his personal opposition.
“Final passage of Governor McDonnell’s bipartisan transportation compromise was the first step to keep Virginia competitive,” said McAuliffe. “The next Governor faces the important task of efficiently implementing the plan to ensure that Virginia is investing in the projects that will most effectively reduce gridlock and create long-term economic opportunity.”
Last week, Attorney General Cuccinelli refused to rule out repealing the law if elected Governor. He has not stated if he would implement the plan that was passed.
“I urge Attorney General Cuccinelli to state unequivocally that he will not repeal this bipartisan transportation compromise,” said McAuliffe. “The uncertainty created by Cuccinelli has the potential to hurt Virginia’s businesses. There should be no question for Virginia companies and families that the next Governor will implement the transportation compromise that was passed with bipartisan support.
The transportation compromise was passed with bipartisan support in the General Assembly and with the support of Governor McDonnell and Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling. McAuliffe personally urged lawmakers to pass the compromise during multiple stages of the process.
Cuccinelli repeatedly attempted to torpedo the compromise and has refused to rule out attempting to repeal it next year.