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Virginia's gas tax headed up

Virginia's gas tax headed up

RICHMOND — Virginia's gas tax will almost certainly increase Jan. 1, ratcheting up about 45 percent because of last year's landmark transportation funding deal and a congressional unwillingness to crack down on Internet sales tax collections.

The gas tax is set to go from 3.5 percent of the wholesale price to 5.1 percent. The recent trend of lower gas prices won't blunt collections: legislators built a floor into their calculations when they changed the way Virginia funds highway projects last year.

The 5.1 percent will be charged on the wholesale price of gasoline as of Feb. 20, 2013, which was about $3.19, according to the state Senate Finance Committee. Going forward, the...