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Gas tax increase not OK(lahoma), apparently…

In what state transportation officials hope is not a preview of November in Washington, Oklahoma voters have rejected a ballot measure to raise gas tax there from 17 cents a gallon to 22 cents.

In Oklahoma, as here, the money was slated to fix state roads and bridges. More than 80 percent of Oklahoma voters voted no, according to the Associated Press. The president of the group backing the measure told the AP that it was an uphill fight to pass higher taxes during gas prices that are already at record highs.

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