As long-time advocates for better transportation in the metro area, we are reluctant to say no to any plan that promises to improve our congested roadways. Unfortunately, with the economy in recession, this is the exact wrong time for the Metro regional government to press forward with its $5.2 billion transportation measure — funded by a payroll tax.

As a result, the Pamplin Media Group's editorial board is recommending voters reject Measure 26-218. In doing so, we ask Metro to come back in the future with a more refined proposal that also takes into account the region's changing transportation needs.