Northern Virginia’s daily dose of local and national news for Monday, Dec. 18.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe has announced his plan to raise taxes on Northern Virginia real estate, hotel visits and wholesale gas purchases. Combined with the $85 million that Northern Virginia already contributes to transportation, this extra $65 million per year would make up $150 million of the $500 million that the state will set aside for Metro.
(The Washington Post)
A fire in Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s underground electrical facility caused a power outage that lasted from Sunday at 1 p.m. into Monday’s early morning hours. Delta Air Lines boasted the biggest loss with approximately 1,200 cancelled flights.
According to The Daily Progress, since 2013, more people are moving out of Virginia than they are moving into the state. However, due to children being born, the overall population has not yet shrunk.
Before his party’s close tax reform vote, Republican Sen. John McCain, who is currently battling brain cancer, has decided to return home to Arizona with plans to return to the Washington, D.C. area sometime next month. During the last few days, McCain has been receiving treatment for a viral infection at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
During its final phase of renovations, Fairlington Park’s amphitheater will be replaced with a playground for 2-5 and 5-12-year-olds. The park’s renovations began back in 2010.
By Feb. 16, individuals are being asked to submit artwork that answers the question “If you could do anything, what would that be?” for the Greater Reston Arts Center’s 2018 annual Mary B. Howard Invitational.