DALLAS — After failing in previous sessions to find a reliable source of revenue for Texas' growing transportation needs, Republicans are studying options for raising fuel taxes or levying a new sales tax on vehicles and related products.

Sen. Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville, and Rep. Larry Phillips, R-Sherman, chairs of the transportation committees in the Senate and House, filed bills to constitutionally dedicate the current motor vehicle sales tax to the transportation fund. "It is time to fundamentally fix our long-term transportation funding problem," he said.

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