With Virginia’s transportation funding plan finally in place, ‘then COVID-19 hit’ | Govt-and-politics

Success came in 2013, when the assembly approved a $6 billion transportation funding package , sponsored by then-House Speaker Bill Howell, R-Stafford, and supported by then-Gov. Bob McDonnell, but much larger in scope than they originally sought. The final package included long-sought regional funding for transportation priorities in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads.

Secretary of Finance Aubrey Layne, then a member of Commonwealth Transportation Board, said Southard played an important role in getting the bill passed, as well as subsequent legislation that led to the creation of Smart Scale program for ranking state transportation projects and committing money to get them done.

“He was a steadfast proponent of transportation funding,” Layne said.

Later, as transportation secretary under Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Layne said he initially clashed with Southard and his industry over reforms to the Public Private Transportation Act to protect the state’s interests in major highway deals with private developers

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WA school districts won’t be denied transportation funding for delivery of meals, materials

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School districts in Washington state returning to school with remote learning this fall will no longer have pay back transportation funding for not busing students.

Gov. Jay Inslee issued a proclamation on Wednesday that allows districts to use its transportation funding, which is provided up-front at the beginning of the school year based on previous per-pupil head counts, for the following:

The delivery of learning materials, including but not limited to, workbooks, homework packets, paper assignments and other tangible instructional materials.

The delivery of meals.

The delivery of hardware, wifi hotspots, or other technology solutions that increase student access to remote learning or online curriculum.

The transportation of students to and from learning centers or other public or private agencies where educational and support services are provided to students.

Superintendents across the state voiced concern earlier this month that they would have to pay back the funding due to restrictions

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