Virginia FREE rankings bemoan lack of road funding

Pro-biz group happy with Republican Assembly, but criticizes absence of new highway funding

Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A pro-business organization is generally happier with the first fully Republican General Assembly in Virginia in years, but it's less than thrilled that lawmakers haven't boosted funding for highways or repealed several business taxes.

The annual Virginia FREE ranking of all 140 Virginia legislators for 2012 is out, and the 87 Republicans again had a higher average 2012 business rating — 83.1 on a 100-point scale — than their 52 Democratic rivals at 69.1.

Seventy-one of the House's 100 members scored a business rating of 75 or higher, making them "consistent" pro-business legislators, while 26 members of the 40-seat Senate reached that threshold.

The group called lawmakers out for failing to pass substantial and sustained transportation revenue, including higher taxes, while lamenting that old taxes on businesses were left on the books.

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