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WV Blue Ribbon Highway Commission looks at tax, fee hikes to fund roads

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A commission studying West Virginia's highway system is proposing tax and fee increases to raise millions of dollars for maintenance and repairs.

The proposals include increasing the sales tax, increasing vehicle registration and title fees, and raising the cigarette tax.

Media outlets report that the West Virginia Blue Ribbon Highway Commission decided May 23 to host six public hearings around the state on the proposals throughout the month of June.

If all the proposals were to be approved, they would generate more than $400 million in additional revenue annually. But that's less than half the funding needed to fully maintain and repair the state's roads and bridges.

Wes Stafford with the engineering consulting firm CDM Smith told the commission more than 1,300 miles of state roads are deficient.

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