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GA considers funding for $1B in transportation needs

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ROME, Ga. (AP) - A panel must soon submit recommendations for funding an extra $1 billion in transportation infrastructure needs.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports a joint panel held its final meeting Thursday in Rome. The joint committee faces a Nov. 30 deadline to submit its recommendations to the General Assembly.

It remains unclear what the committee will recommend. Panelists at Thursday's meeting heard concerns that hybrid and electric vehicles may hurt state tax collections that pay for infrastructure projects. Since those cars use little or no gasoline, the government collects less money from the gasoline tax meant to pay for infrastructure.

Panelists seemed interested in a presentation about how Virginia paid for nearly $2 billion in improvements to the Beltway around Washington.

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