- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 24, 2015

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - A proposal to raise Oregon’s gas tax, pay for road and bridge construction, and repeal a carbon-reduction initiative will get a public airing in the state Senate.

Late on Tuesday, Senate President Peter Courtney created a special committee of senators likely to support the proposal. A spokesman for Courtney says the committee is expected to hold a public hearing on Wednesday.

The hearing will be the first public debate on a proposal that’s been the subject of secret meetings for weeks.

The proposal would raise the gas tax by 4 cents per gallon and hike other fees to raise money for roads, bridges, airports and transit projects.

The low-carbon fuel standard would be repealed just three months after it was enacted. Instead, the bill would impose alternative carbon-reduction efforts.

The plan faces strong resistance from environmentalists, along with many House Democrats.

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