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Draft Bill Would Pour Money into Transit Programs

Draft Bill Would Pour Money into Transit Programs

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A state legislative task force has drafted a bill with an aggressive solution to the projected 23 (B)billion dollar transportation funding deficit.

The Legislative Transportation Task Force's plan calls for a yearly shift of about 180 (M)million in general state funds to transportation, which traditionally is funded by gas tax and registration revenue.

That would bump by nearly three times the amount the state spends on highways and transportation through the Centennial Highway Fund.

Clearly great news for transit programs, but it may cost other state programs like health and human services, courts, corrections and colleges.

Lawmakers say they want to get more input before giving a thumbs up or down on the draft bill.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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