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House OKs bill that would raise motor fuels tax

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky House has passed a revenue bill that would raise the state's motor fuels tax to provide more revenue for transportation projects.

The bill would increase the tax at the pump by 1.5 cents a gallon, restoring it to 32.3 cents per gallon. That's the amount in place at the end of 2013.

House members voted 53-44 Wednesday to send the bill to the Senate. It drew strong opposition from House Republicans.

The bill is a key component to balancing the state budget.

It deals with other revenue issues, including restoring a tax on Instant Racing gambling machines.

House Democratic leaders delayed a vote on the $20 billion, two-year state budget proposal until Thursday. The spending plan closely resembles the governor's spending recommendations. It is drawing criticism from House Republicans.

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