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Mr. McDonnell garnered wide bipartisan support for his plan passed this year infuse $3 billion, most of it borrowed, into transportation over the next three years. But the first items of his transportation agenda for 2012, announced last week, are already drawing fire for simply siphoning money from existing state revenues.

For example, one element of the plan would increase the percentage of the state’s sales tax that goes to transportation from 0.5 percent to 0.75 percent over the next eight years, generating an estimated $110 million annually.

“While there’s nothing wrong with the measures, and individually and collectively they help to some degree, collectively they fall short,” Mr. Chase said.

Delegate David B. Albo, Fairfax Republican, said Republicans think it’s a great idea to re-prioritize money for transportation, but that such measures have consistently died in the hands of the state Senate.

“It’s a recession,” he said. “The governor doesn’t want to raise taxes. We’ve got to do what we’ve got to do.”