DALLAS — Almost doubling the federal gasoline tax to 35.4 cents per gallon would go a long way toward providing the transportation infrastructure needed for a 21st century economy, according to a coalition of local civic, business, and elected leaders  proposing a new highway funding plan.

The Transportation for America alliance said the $30 billion a year of additional revenue from the 92% tax increase would enable Congress to extend the current highway funding law set to expire on Sept. 30, the end of fiscal 2014. It would also ensure the solvency of the highway trust fund and provide funding for local transportation initiatives.

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