I had a chance last night to talk to Delegate Jeff Frederick, and we spoke for a few minutes about his voter (or lack thereof) on HB 3202 last week. He’s not terribly enamored with the transportation plan, and while I might not agree with all of his reasoning, he stands on principle against it. He was out of the house chambers and missed the vote on HB 3203 by about ten minutes, and just got caught off guard when the vote came up so quickly. He’s since filed a “grey slip” to record a vote against HB 3202.
Jeff sees this legislation as more a political solution than a transportation solution. While he recognizes that it does have a great deal of good in it, it doesn’t give local government more ability to manage and control growth nor provides transportation funds to the areas that need them the most. He’s also not happy with the tax increase on citizens when we’re running surpluses in the billions, and it takes the new statewide money and runs it through the same funding formula that has given Northern Virginians back only 27 cents of each transportation dollar it sends to Richmond to build beautiful 4 lane roads in areas that don’t need them. I’d have liked this transportation compromise to be better as well, but am a little more accepting of the idea that in a compromise no one usually ends up completely happy. Jeff certainly falls into that category.
As for what Delegate Frederick was up to when the vote was called, to the best of his recollection he was on the phone with his wife. As a parent with young children myself, I understand how that can happen.
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