By NORMA LOVE
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire's House has voted to phase in a 12-cent hike in the gas and diesel tax to help fix deteriorating roads and bridges.
The House voted 206-158 Wednesday to send the proposed increase to the Senate, which instead has passed a bill legalizing a casino to raise money for highway projects.
New Hampshire has not raised its 18 cent tax in 22 years and supporters say more money is needed to finish expanding Interstate 93 from the Massachusetts border to Manchester and for other highway improvements. The bill calls for increasing the tax on gas over three years and on diesel over six years.
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