MIAMI — Two senators on the Environment and Public Works Committee, including the panel’s outgoing ranking Republican, are calling for a gradual increase of the gasoline tax by 25 cents over three years.

Sens. Thomas Carper, D-Del., and George Voinovich, R-Ohio, who is retiring in January, sent a letter Monday to the chairmen of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform saying that a gas tax increase is necessary. They recommended raising the tax by one cent per month, over 25 months, for a total increase of 25 cents per gallon over the next three years.

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