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**FILE** Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell gestures as he talks Jan. 8, 2012, about eliminating the state gasoline tax in return for an increase in the state sales tax to fund transportation needs. At left is Virginia Secretary of Transportation Sean T. Connaughton. (Associated Press)

**FILE** Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell gestures as he talks Jan. 8, 2012, about eliminating the state gasoline tax in return for an increase in the state sales tax to fund transportation needs. At left is Virginia Secretary of Transportation Sean T. Connaughton. (Associated Press)

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