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Virginia’s creeping conservatism (noted by DCist) is starting to affect the region—at least, potential regional transit.

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.”

This seems a bit like the overreaching the Post editorial board warned about recently.

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