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Va. transportation commission considers lobbyist

Thursday - 1/5/2012, 7:26am  ET

ARLINGTON, Va. - A regional transportation board in northern Virginia that advocates for mass transit is considering hiring a lobbyist in Richmond.

The Northern Virginia Transportation Commission is funded by state and local governments at about $1.2 million a year. Adding a legislative affairs program and lobbyist would increase the budget by about $200,000 to $250,000.

Loudoun County's Board of Supervisors opposes the formation of an NVTC lobbying program, saying transportation funds would be better spent elsewhere. Loudoun County is one of the northern Virginia jurisdictions represented on the commission.

A public hearing on NVTC's budget is scheduled for Thursday evening in Arlington.

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