Improving I-81 is a priority for the business community. As expressed in the Chamber’s recent op-ed on I-81, the ability to move goods and services is foundational to a strong business climate. Current conditions on I-81 are unsafe, unreliable, and impede commerce.
The Chamber supports the improvements identified in the I-81 Corridor Improvement Plan and regional funding dedicated to corridor improvements.
We are monitoring the following legislative proposals to fund improvements to I-81. To learn more about these bills, click here.
SB 1716 (Obenshain) / HB2718 (Landes):Interstate 81; tolling; Interstate 81 Corridor Improvement Fund. Authorizes the Commonwealth Transportation Board to impose tolls on Interstate 81.
SB1322 (Hanger): Tax on motor fuels. Imposes an additional 2.1 percent tax on motor fuels sold at wholesale to a retail dealer for sale in a locality along the Interstate 81 Corridor.
SB1470 (Edwards): Additional motor fuels tax. Imposes an additional motor fuels tax equal to five percent of the average wholesale price of gasoline on the sale of gasoline, gasohol, diesel, and alternative fuels.
Action Alert: Minimum Wage
On Monday, the Virginia Senate will consider a proposal to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2021. The Roanoke Regional Chamber joined several business organizations in opposition to this measures.
Contact your senator today on this important issue. The following senators represent the broader Roanoke region: