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Lawmakers ponder taxes for transportation

As Georgia lawmakers wrangle with a $74 billion gap for transportation funding statewide over the next 20 years, they are looking to the success of the transportation sales tax in Columbus, the state's second-largest city, as one possible solution.

State Transportation Board member Sam Wellborn, whose district includes Columbus, said he's a tax-averse Republican. But he nonetheless recommended a statewide gas tax hike and applauded the regional transportation sales tax before a group of state legislators and business leaders last week.

"Columbus gets about $200,000 a month in what I call free money that we never had before," Wellborn told them. "I refer to it as manna from heaven."

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