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Commission to craft a comprehensive transportation package

More than 4,000 bridges are structurally deficient, we can't keep up with basic maintenance of roads, and there is almost no state money for new road construction or rail & transit improvements.

We all largely agree about what's needed to fix our infrastructure. Where my opponent and I disagree is how to accomplish those improvements. I believe we should use the only approach that has succeeded in the past two decades.

The last time Virginia passed meaningful transportation funding was in 1986, under Gov. Baliles, who created a commission to provide recommendations and build support for financing. Since then, each time a governor has presented a proposal to raise meaningful transportation revenue, it has failed.

The day after I'm elected, I will begin assembling a bipartisan commission to craft a comprehensive transportation package. Like Gov. Baliles did, I will appoint Republicans, Democrats and independents along with private-sector leaders and transportation experts.

Source: Creigh Deeds editorial in Washington Post , Sep 23, 2009

Transportation improvements create jobs and generate wealth

Both candidates focus on transportation. "Transportation's going to be the first year's work I've got as governor because I'm convinced that's the way we can create the most jobs, generate the most wealth, create the most revenue to get things started," says Democrat Deeds.

Republican McDonnell thinks transportation is important as well, which is why he says he supports off shore drilling. "Fifty miles off coast. Environmentally friendly. Safe in a way that generates billions in capital investment. Thousands of new jobs. Hundreds of millions in royalties & tax revenue. And I want to put that money into transportation & alternative energy research," says McDonnell.

Following a public outcry due to the recent closing of rest areas, both candidates have vowed to reopen them if elected. Deeds says they're a necessity. "If we're going to have a law that says you can only drive a truck for 10 hours in a 24-hour period, we're going to have to provide places to pull over and rest," says Deeds.

Source: WHSV-TV-3 coverage: 2009 Virginia gubernatorial debate , Jul 25, 2009

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