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Gas tax increase in Oregon

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For the first in more than 15 years, people living in Oregon will see the state's gas tax go up.

On January 1st the tax will make a 6 cent leap to 30 cents a gallon. Overall it's a 25 percent increase.

Oregon leaders say the hike is due to the jobs and transportation act approved by the state legislature this summer.

As of now, the Department of Transportation reports drivers buy around 500 and 600 gallons of gas a year. The tax increase will mean another $30 to $36 for the average driver annually.

Those in favor of the change say it will bring 300 million dollars to keep up roads and bridges across the state and help create 40,000 jobs over the next ten years.