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Notes: Gov. Youngkin allegedly offering Hampton Roads toll relief in exchange for Potomac Yard arena support

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Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin speaks at the announcement of a new arena for the Washington Wizards and Capitals in Potomac Yard in Alexandria, Dec. 13, 2023 (staff photo by James Cullum)

If a backroom deal goes through in Richmond, Hampton Roads drivers could get toll relief while Potomac Yard gets the new arena.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that Gov. Glenn Youngkin has privately offered $322 million in tunnel toll relief in Hampton Roads to Senate Finance Chair Louise Lucas, D-Portsmouth, one of the biggest opponents to the Potomac Yard arena. Lucas had previously requested $92 million in toll relief in the State Senate budget.

Lucas has been one of the leading voices against the arena in Richmond and recently killed two bills to bring the Washington Wizards and Capitals to Alexandria. Lucas also removed language from the budget necessary to create the framework for the arena.

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