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POSTED: March 23, 2009 1:46 p.m.

ATLANTA (AP) — Plans to raise the sales tax to pay for transportation projects in Georgia have hit a speed bump.

With each chamber in the Legislature pushing a competing proposal, the state Senate on Monday dug in its heels, pushing their version of the funding bill.

The Senate plan would allow counties to band together to form regional alliances. Voters in those regions would have to approve a one-cent sales tax hike to pay for road, bridge and transit projects,

The House plan would ask voters statewide to approve the penny increase for projects around Georgia.

The Senate voted on Monday on a pair of bills that would amend the House plan and substitute it with their own.

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H.R. 206 and H.B. 277: www.legis.ga.gov


Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

 

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