Democratic nominee for governor Terry McAuliffe plans on meeting with Democratic lawmakers Wednesday morning before they take up Gov. Bob McDonnell's changes to the comprehensive transportation funding package.
Lawmakers are back in Richmond for one day to take up the 80 bills McDonnell has amended and six he vetoed.
McAuliffe worked behind the scenes during the 2013 General Assembly session to champion the transportation deal that will swap the state's 17.5 cent-per-gallon at the pump gas tax for a 3.5 percent wholesale gas tax and raises the sales tax to 5.3 percent.
Now he wants to make sure his fellow Democrats vote to approve McDonnell's changes to the bill in an effort to ensure the regional tax components for Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia pass constitutional muster. McDonnell also lowered the proposed annual $100 alternative vehicle fee to $64, and lowered the rise in the motor vehicle sales tax from 4.3 percent to 4.15 percent.
McAuliffe will met with the House of Delegates Democratic Caucus as they discuss actions they will take before they head into session at noon. He will also be calling Senate Democrats to urge them to back the governor's changes.
"Terry wants to do everything he can to help Governor McDonnell and Democrats and Republicans in the General Assembly pass this historic bipartisan transportation compromise," said McAuliffe spokesman Josh Schwerin.