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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Members of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's Blue Ribbon Commission on Highways are suggesting an increase in tolls and vehicle fees as part of a plan to generate $1.1 billion in funding for state infrastructure.

The commission is finalizing a report that it will sent to Tomblin that will list suggestions for how West Virginia might raise road project funding.

The Charleston Daily Mail reports that the commission suggests the state increase tolls on the West Virginia Turnpike, raise fees at the Division of Motor Vehicles by $77.4 million and create a $200 annual registration fee for alternative fuel vehicles.

The commission's suggestions would generate just over $100 million and members believe they can generate another $1 billion by borrowing money through road bonds.

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