McAuliffe signs hybrid fee repeal

Gov. McAuliffe

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Gov. Terry McAuliffe has added his signature to legislation to repeal the state’s $64 annual fee on hybrid vehicles.   McAuliffe signed the legislation Wednesday during a one-hour appearance on WTOP radio in Washington. He said the repeal is effective July 1 and will affect the 75,000 hybrid vehicles in Virginia.  The tax was part of a massive transportation funding bill passed last year. It was originally set at $100 but reduced to $64 by then-Gov. Bob McDonnell.   Critics said the tax on hybrids unfairly punished drivers who are trying to use less fuel.   In signing the repeal legislation, McAuliffe called it the “right thing to do.”  Much of McAuliffe’s WTOP interview was devoted to the Democrat’s efforts to convince Republican House lawmakers to accept billions in federal Medicaid funds.

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