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State, local competition emerging to raise gasoline tax
Road funds » Proposals could increase the tax by 11.5 cents a gallon next year, 17.5 cents over 5 years.

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Nielson some legislators have told him they will support the tax increase, but not the automatic indexing — so he wants them considered separately.

Gov. Gary Herbert in his transportation summit last week highlighted problems caused by not increasing the state’s gasoline tax since 1997 — but stopped a bit short of endorsing a hike.

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"Unfortunately, while our transportation needs remain in the fast lane and are even accelerating, the gasoline tax we use to fund these needs is stuck in the slow lane in second gear," Herbert said.

Instead of supporting hiking the gas tax, he said, "I also believe no single solution can address all current and future transportation needs. As they say, there is no silver bullet."

He added, "We must explore and implement multiple strategies that address both state and local needs. We must address multiple modes of transportation and ensure those who use the system pay their fair share of the costs."

The Transportation Interim Committee has been looking at a variety of possible tax and fee increases to fund future needs.

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