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  Race for [UT] Governor: Stephens tackles touchy issue of gas tax increase
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Last Editedparticleman  Apr 23, 2004 11:33am
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MediaNewspaper - Salt Lake Tribune
News DateFriday, April 23, 2004 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionOGDEN -- Republican gubernatorial candidate Marty Stephens, speaker of the Utah House, publicly raised the issue Thursday no one else is talking about in this election year. He said it is about time to raise the state's gasoline tax to pay for highway construction.
None of the other seven GOP candidates would touch the issue, with most opposing a gas-tax hike.
"There are some taxes that periodically have to be increased," Stephens said during a Utah Association of Counties debate before about 400 local elected officials. "I voted for a 5-cent [per gallon] increase in the gas tax in 1997 and I believe we're nearing the time when we're going to have to have a gas tax increase."
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