Virginia Sued Over Tolls For $2.1B Norfolk Tunnel

Law360, New York (July 13, 2012, 5:50 PM EDT) -- Virginia's plan to build a new tunnel and highway extension in Norfolk — and to cover the $2.1 billion price tag by slapping tolls on two previously free tunnels — hit a roadblock on Thursday when plaintiffs called it an illegal tax and sued to stop it.

By pooling toll revenue and using fees from one project to cover costs of another, the Virginia Department of Transportation is levying a tax, a power granted only to the state's Legislature, according the suit, filed in county court...
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