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Dennis Daugaard

Transportation needs trump anti-tax instinct in many states

Falling bridges and crumbling roads trumped anti-tax sentiment in more than a half-dozen states during this year's legislative sessions, prompting them to increase gasoline and other taxes to address infrastructure needs. In some states, the taxes hadn't gone up in decades. Tired of waiting for federal transportation dollars, eight states, all but one of them headed by Republican governors, either raised gas taxes or scaled back a planned cut to bring in more money: Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Dakota and Utah. At least four states are putting the final touches on increases or are still considering them. And in California, Democratic Gov. Jerry...

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