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Lawmakers consider increasing Vt. gas tax

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MONTPELIER, Vt. -

Vermont drivers could be forced to pick up the tab to close a multimillion dollar state transportation budget gap.

One solution being talked about at the Statehouse calls for an 8-cent increase in the state's gas tax. The spike would put Vermont's gas tax 15 cents higher than what folks in neighboring New Hampshire pay.

Joe Choquette of the Vermont Petroleum Association says the move would deliver a major blow to businesses along the border.

"You might as well give away the keys to every gas station along the border competing with New Hampshire, it's just too great a deficit for us to be able to compete," Choquette said.

Right now, Vermont's transportation budget gap sits between $30 million and $35 million.

The Shumlin administration has proposed reducing the gas tax but adding a 4 percent sales tax on gas purchases to raise the extra revenue.

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