From the McAuliffe for Governor campaign:
Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance (VTCA) PAC Endorses Terry McAuliffe for Governor
As the 72nd Governor of Virginia, Terry Secured Over $10 Billion For Transportation Projects, Secured Largest Federal Transportation Loan in History
MCLEAN, VA – The Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance (VTCA) PAC today endorsed Terry McAuliffe for governor of Virginia, citing Terry’s proven track record as Virginia’s 72nd Governor securing $10 billion in new transportation projects and his commitment to protecting transportation funding and plans to invest in Virginia’s infrastructure.
As the 72nd Governor of Virginia, Terry worked in a bipartisan way to invest in Virginia’s transportation infrastructure and drastically improved some of the most congested roadways in the nation. Terry secured nearly $1.5 billion in public and private capital for the Atlantic Gateway Project and the largest Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act loan in program history worth nearly $2 billion. His administration implemented SMART SCALE to take the politics out of transportation funding decisions, and reformed the Public-Private Transportation Act to protect taxpayer dollars. Terry leveraged private funding to build express lanes on I-66 without any requirement of upfront taxpayer investments.
As Virginia’s next governor, Terry will protect transportation funding and invest in Virginia’s infrastructure. He will build the best-in-the-nation workforce and address shortages by making higher education more affordable, expanding access to industry-specific credentials and certifications and investing in internships and apprenticeships. Meanwhile, Terry’s opponent would decimate key funding sources for transportation and infrastructure, driving Virginia’s economy straight into a ditch. In their endorsement of Terry for governor, the VTCA even cited how dangerous Glenn Youngkin’s plans would be for the Commonwealth.
“I am extremely proud to be endorsed by the Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance. As Virginia’s 72nd Governor, I made addressing the Commonwealth’s transportation challenges one of my number one priorities, and we made tremendous progress working in a bipartisan way,” said Terry McAuliffe. “As Virginia’s next governor, I will continue to invest in infrastructure and build the best-in-the-nation transportation and construction workforce to move Virginia forward and meet our transportation and transit needs.”
“Terry’s previous experience as Virginia Governor demonstrates that he understands the significance of a best-in-class transportation network to help attract the best businesses in the country. He worked across the aisle to secure $10 billion in infrastructure funding, and by negotiating with Congress, Virginia was awarded one of the largest TIFIA loans in history. Terry knows what it takes to get things done, that’s why VTCA PAC is proud to endorse him for governor,” said Gordon Dixon, Executive Vice President of the Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance
Terry has released 20 detailed plans to strengthen Virginia’s education system and dramatically increase teacher pay, help secure Virginia’s economic recovery from COVID-19, reform our criminal justice system, ensure Virginians have access to regular nutritious meals, address the broken, predatory system of prescription drug pricing, confront the gun violence epidemic, make Virginia the best state in the nation for Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Health Care (STEM-H) and computer science education, tackle the housing crisis in the Commonwealth and invest in Virginia’s workforce in the post-COVID economy, ensure Virginians have access to high-quality, affordable health care, tackle climate change and secure Virginia’s clean energy future by 2035, lift up Black Virginians as the Commonwealth rebuilds from the COVID-19 pandemic, further advance LGBTQ+ rights, create a flourishing rural economy, support entrepreneurial ecosystems and tackle rising costs and meet the health care needs, make higher education more affordable, boost Virginia’s agriculture and forestry industries, and protect seniors from COVID-19 and ensure quality and affordability later in life and tackle the COVID-19 crisis.