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Key Virginia Senate committee passes nickel gas tax hike

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A Republican-controlled Senate panel backed a massive tax increase on Tuesday that Virginians will pay at the pump to generate $4.5 billion for roadwork in the next five years. The amended bill raises the gas tax by 5 cents, from 17.5 cents to 22.5 cents, with future increases tied to the cost of road construction. It also creates a 1 percent sales tax on wholesale gasoline and gives localities...

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