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Tue., March 31, 2009, 10:33 a.m.

4 cents: ‘How low can you go?’

Now the House is debating a proposal from Rep. Richard Jarvis, R-Meridian, for a four-cent gas tax increase. "What we're dealing with now is a tax increase on a tax increase," said Rep. Lenore Barrett, R-Challis. Rep. Steve Hartgen, R-Twin Falls, said the House appears to be in a game of limbo, playing "how low can you go." Rep JoAn Wood spoke against the amendment, saying her original bill for a 2-cent increase is enough. "I don't know if 2 cents makes that much difference - to me it does," she said, asking the House to support her original bill "if you have any intention at all of raising the gas tax." Before a vote, however, the House has been placed at ease for five minutes.

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