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Transportation deal within grasp, but can it pass

Monday - 2/18/2013, 6:30pm  ET

BOB LEWIS
AP Political Writer

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Legislative negotiators trying to reconcile two widely differing transportation funding bills say an agreement between them is possible, but finding one that can win final passage is still a tall order.

Five delegates and five senators were huddling for the third time Monday evening with both parties reporting headway toward a possible handshake deal by Saturday's General Assembly adjournment.

For the House to accept it, however, Republican Del. Chris Jones says Senate Democrats have to allow about five times more existing sales tax money to be used for transportation than the Senate bill now allows.

And Democratic Del. Onzlee Ware says House Republicans and Gov. Bob McDonnell must accept keeping at least some of the state's gasoline tax in place.


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