The largest single item in McDonnell's plan depends on action by Congress. According to the governor, Congress this year is expected to pass legislation giving states authority to collect out-of-state sales taxes. Taxpayers already are supposed to pay these taxes as a use tax on their income tax returns, but compliance is low. McDonnell proposes earmarking a portion of this revenue for transportation, raising just over $1.1 million over five years.
The governor also wants to raise $547 million over five years by increasing vehicle registration fees by $15. An annual $100 fee on alternative fuel vehicles would raise an additional $66.6 million.