Hank Silverberg, wtop.com
WASHINGTON - Funding for one of the region's biggest transportation projects is at risk again over debate regarding the use of labor unions.
A bill that has passed the Virginia General Assembly prohibits state funding for projects mandating or giving preferential treatment to contractors who use union labor. That could prevent any state money from being used in the project.
That stance is at odds with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which is building the rail extension and has already offered contractors a 10 percent bonus for using union labor.
"I would strongly urge them to reconsider that decision," said Delegate Tim Hugo, R-Fairfax, who sponsored the bill. "If they do that, it's going to kill the project."Click here for the rest of this WTOP report.
|The first phase of the Dulles Rail Project is under construction in Tysons Corner, along Route 7. (WTOP/Colleen Kelleher)|
Other issues are not so easy to overcome, such as the non-starter financial plan to have Dulles Toll Road users pay for 75% of the cost of constructing Phase 2.