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Group Wants Tax Hikes to Pay for Transportation

Group Wants Tax Hikes to Pay for Transportation

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The nonprofit Utah Foundation is recommending that the state increase taxes to help pay for what it calls a crisis in transportation.

The report issued yesterday calls for incremental hikes in sales, property and gasoline and other taxes.

The foundation estimates that small increases in several areas would raise tens of (B)billions of dollars over 25 years.

Higher taxes might be unpopular, but the foundation says it expects politicians to seriously consider them. It says the state faces up to 23 (B) billion dollars in unfunded transportation projects designed to accomodate the state's rising population over the next couple of decades.

That includes major interstate reconstruction in Salt Lake, Davis and Utah counties.

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

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