Gas Tax Won't Rise for New Road Plan

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Governor Sebelius is ruling out increasing gasoline and diesel fuel taxes to help finance a new transportation program.

The state is in the last year of a comprehensive, 10-year transportation program worth more than 13 billion dollars.

And legislators are likely next year to discuss starting a new one.

The state enacted big programs in 1989 and 1999. Each time, it raised motor fuels taxes to help raises funds. The gas tax is 24 cents a gallon. The diesel tax is 26 cents.

During her most recent news conference, Sebelius was asked about raising gasoline taxes to finance highway improvements. She said she doubts the idea will get much traction.

She said it wouldn't be reasonable to raise the tax when gas prices are high.

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