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ST. LOUIS – A Missouri House committee unanimously endorsed a plan to raise the state’s gasoline tax, according to the Post-Dispatch.

The plan would phase in a 12.5 cent increase over five years. The tax would generate more than $450 million to fix the state’s roads and bridges. The current tax on gasoline and diesel is 17 cents per gallon, which is among the lowest in the nation.

If passed, it would be the first increase since 1996.