CHICAGO - Michigan lawmakers are expected to tackle the issue of transportation funding in their upcoming lame-duck session, mulling a slew of new revenue options ranging from reconfiguring the state's gas tax and implementing tolls on major highways to hiking the sales tax.

The hearings, scheduled for early December when legislators return from their annual two-week deer-hunting break, were prompted by a report released last week by a governor-appointed task force. The report warned that Michigan must at least double its transportation funding - from new revenue sources - or face serious deterioration in its infrastructure.

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