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Vt. Senate expected to cut tax hikes in transportation budget

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The Vermont Senate is expected to reduce some of the proposed tax hikes in the transportation budget.

The budget bill is currently in front of the Senate Transportation Committee. Chairman Dick Mazza says they'll likely eliminate a House proposal to attach the gas tax to the Consumer Price Index. He also wants to guarantee that any new funds raised won't be raided by another fund. But Mazza says most of the cost hikes are a necessary evil.

"Had not the issue of leaving federal money on the table, I don't think we would be proceeding this way. We don't want to leave our federal monies there, we have to come out with a match but this is very difficult," said Sen. Dick Mazza, D-Grand Isle County.

Mazza says state investments in infrastructure have gone a long way over budget the last few years. He says though tough to afford, continued repair and improvement projects will prove to be a great investment for the state.

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