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Markell Proposes Increase in Gas Tax

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DOVER, Del. (AP/WBOC) - Gov. Jack Markell is proposing a 10-cent increase in Delaware's gas tax to pay for $500 million in additional spending on roads and bridges in the state.
   
In his State of the State address last week, Markell proposed investing $1.1 billion in the state transportation trust fund over the next five years. That's a $500 million increase over the current spending plan.
   
Markell and Transportation Secretary Shailen Bhatt held a news conference Wednesday to give more details on the plan.   

Administration officials say the tax increase would cost a typical driver in Delaware about $57 more a year.

Some drivers say they don't look forward to an increase but say it's worth it if Delaware's roads will be improved.

"That's a good way to probably generate revenue to help with road repairs," Bob James said.

In addition to the gas tax increase, officials are proposing an additional $50 million in annual borrowing.
   
Officials say the infrastructure spending will improve safety, boost the economy and create jobs.

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