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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is proposing a shift of revenue as part of his plan to fund the state's inadequate road system. He said Thursday that if the state government can effectively set priorities on spending, it can reallocate some general fund dollars to transportation - a "core function of government." (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is proposing a shift of revenue as part of his plan to fund the state's inadequate road system. He said Thursday that if the state government can effectively set priorities on spending, it can reallocate some general fund dollars to transportation - a "core function of government." (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)

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