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Senator Proposes Changes To Transportation Bill

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — With gas prices on the rise, Sen. Rob Garagiola is proposing alternatives to raise revenue for
transportation projects.

One would scrap a 10-cent gas tax increase, but it would still index the gas tax to adjust for inflation while capping any
increase at 1 cent a year. Another would phase in a gas tax increase at 4.5 cents in 2011, 3 cents in 2012 and 3 cents in 2013, and cut indexing.

Both proposals would increase the state vehicle emissions inspection fee from $14 every two years to $40.

His amendments to his bill, which he discussed Wednesday at a hearing, would also increase mass transit fares and exempt farm equipment and commercial trucks and trailers from a vehicle registration fee increase.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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