DALLAS - With Texas facing the first drop in fuel-tax revenues in nearly two decades, state Sen. John Carona yesterday called for passage of his bill that would allow counties in metro areas to seek local tax increases.

Carona, a Republican from Dallas who chairs the Senate Transportation and Homeland Security Committee, is considered the leader on transportation issues. In the 2007 session, he brokered a major piece of legislation that revamped how the state allocates toll road and public highway projects.

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