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State GOP endorses gas-tax repeal initiative

Associated Press

VANCOUVER, Wash. – The Republican Party has endorsed Initiative 912, opening another source of money for the campaign to repeal a state gasoline tax increase that was enacted to finance transportation projects.

The GOP state committee approved the endorsement on a voice vote last weekend in Yakima, chairman Chris Vance told The Columbian newspaper. Republicans already held most key positions in the 912 campaign, he noted.

“It’s clear the grass roots of the Republican Party support this overwhelmingly,” Vance said.

A spokesman for the I-912 campaign, Brett Bader, who often does consulting work for Republicans, said the Libertarian Party also has endorsed the repeal.

An endorsement allows the party to make contributions to the campaign, which would repeal a measure enacted by the Legislature to boost the gas tax by 9.5 cents a gallon over four years. The first three-cent increment took effect in July.

I-912, which has fared well in public opinion surveys, has drawn 5,000 contributions totaling about $200,000.

The tax increase would help finance $8.5 billion in transportation projects around the state over the next 16 years.

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