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NH Senate approves hiking gas, diesel tax 4 cents

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire'sSenate has voted to hike the tax on gas and diesel 4 cents in a deal to finishthe expansion of Interstate 93.

The Senate voted15-9 Thursday to send the bill increasing the tax to the House. The billproposes providing more money over the next two years for highway improvements,then taking some of the tax proceeds to pay off $200 million in borrowingtoward finishing the I-93 project.

Once the borrowing was paid off, thetax increase would be repealed. The House passed a 10-year highway plan Tuesdaythat outlines a way to help pay for the I-93 project and proposes borrowingmoney to replace the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge.

The bill also eliminates the Exit 12 ramp toll booths inMerrimack.

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