Lawmakers look at bill paying options for highway projects

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Lawmakers and members of the Douglas administration are jockeying for how to pay the bills for the Transportation Agency and pay for a variety of new highway projects.

Governor James Douglas announced last week that he was backing off of his original proposal, which would have shifted one tax source from the education fund into transportation.

But he doesn’t support a House plan to raise the gasoline and diesel taxes to help raise the more than 20 million dollars needed in the transportation fund.

The House was supposed to debate that proposal today, but Speaker Gaye Symington wants more information from the administration first.

Some senators also don’t like raising the fuel taxes.

Some Senate Transportation Committee members instead want to stop diverting some transportation money that currently goes to general state operations.

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