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RICHMOND (WVVA)--- In a 25-15 vote, the State Senate has passed the first long-term transportation plan in 27 years aimed at funding repairs and upkeep of its 58,000-mile network of highways.

The plan includes replacing Virginia's 17.5 cents-per-gallon retail gasoline tax with a 3.5 percent wholesale tax on gasoline and a six percent levy on diesel fuel.

It boosts statewide sales taxes from five percent to 5.3 percent.

The bill also increases the titling tax on car sales and adds a $100 registration fee for fuel-sipping hybrid vehicles. Proposed tolls on Interstate 95 South of Petersburg were ruled out

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