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Pa. transportation proposal narrowly defeated in House

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The Pennsylvania state House is delivering a body blow to hopes for a major transportation spending proposal in a test vote that raises doubts about the measure's future.

The House voted 98-to-103 on Monday against a proposal to raise gasoline taxes and a host of motorist fees to spend billions on roads, bridges and mass transit systems.

Opponents describe it as a large tax increase on Pennsylvanians, while proponents say there's wide consensus the state's transportation infrastructure needs an infusion of funding.

Gov. Tom Corbett and others had hoped a positive vote in the House would have cleared the way for the Senate to take it up in the coming days.

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