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Thursday Morning Rundown

by Karen Goff January 16, 2014 at 8:00 am 1 Comment

South Lakes Soccer at Night/Credit: Steve Goff

Rendle Earns All-American Nomination — South Lakes High School girls basketball center Abigail Rendle, who will play at William & Mary next year, is a McDonald’s All-American Team candidate. She is one of seven Virginia girls basketball players in the pool, which features top players from across the country. The final list will be whittled down to 24 in February. The McDonalds All-American game is April 2 in Chicago. [Washington Post]

Bird Watch — Fairfax County Police are asking residents to be aware of migratory birds that may be “lost” due to the recent cold snap. Injured members of the Eared Grebes species have been found injured around the county. [Fairfax County Police]

Police Target Human Trafficking — County law enforcement officials have launched a new website aimed at helping residents spot sex trafficking and report it. The new site, www.justaskva.org, is paid for in part by a $1 million grant from the U.S. Justice Department. [Fairfax Times]

Senate Committee Votes to Repeal Hybrid Tax — The Virginia Senate Finance Committee voted 10-5 on Thursday to repeal the “hybird tax,” a penalty hybrid auto owners were mandated to pay as part of the McDonnell administration’s transportation legislation. It will now move to the entire Senate and then the VA House. [Sen. Chap Petersen’s blog]

  • John Smith

    In case our representatives in the Virginia General Assembly read this, I’d like to propose a simple, more equitable way to fund our state’s transportation needs, a way which — as a side benefit — does not include the special tax on hybrid vehicles. All vehicles should be taxed using a simple formula which would be based on annual miles driven (which easily could be reported as part of the annual state safety inspection) and vehicle weight (which is known for each make and model of vehicle). It is these two factors which influence the amount of wear and tear imposed on our roads by any given vehicle. Those vehicles which cause more wear and tear should pay proportionally more taxes to maintain the roads. Type of fuel used by the vehicle should not be a factor. This would avoid discouraging the use of innovative, environmentally friendly, economical vehicles.

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