McDonnell takes credit for lower gas prices

bob-mcdonnell-linksA news release from the office of Gov. Bob McDonnell is touting the governor’s transportation compromise as playing a key role in lower gas prices in the Commonwealth.

Headed into the Labor Day weekend AAA Mid-Atlantic reports that the average price for regular unleaded gasoline in Virginia last week was $3.36 per gallon, nearly 20 cents below the national average of $3.54 per gallon.  AAA-Mid Atlantic further found that Virginia is tied for the fifth lowest gas prices in the nation and that a year ago Virginians were paying, on average, 24 more cents per gallon.

Speaking about the report, Gov. McDonnell remarked, “Gas prices are falling across the Commonwealth and that is good news for Virginians. After nearly three decades of gridlock we came together this year and passed a historic bipartisan transportation funding solution which reduced the tax on gas, and now motorists are seeing the results at the pump. Our bold action on transportation means that new road, bridge and rail projects are underway across the Commonwealth. Virginians are spending less on gas and will soon be spending less time stuck in traffic.”

McDonnell’s landmark transportation plan, passed by the General Assembly this year, reduced the gas tax at the pump in Virginia by 6 cents per gallon.  A year ago, the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel in Virginia, was $3.60, or 14 cents below the national average.

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