Kentucky Gas Tax Will Not Increase

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky drivers will not pay more in state taxes at the gas pump this summer.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo said he has told legislative leaders to prepare the state's two-year road spending plan without the extra $107 million that would come from a 1.5 cents-per-gallon increase in the state gas tax.

House Democrats narrowly approved the gas tax increase earlier this month. But the Republican-controlled Senate rejected the increase. That set up four days of contentious debate between House and Senate leaders, culminating with a marathon closed-door meeting that ended at 5:30 Sunday morning.

Stumbo said rejecting the gas tax means some road projects in the House road plan would not be funded.

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