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Deal signs $900 million transportation package into law
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ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a new $900 million transportation bill into law, including changes to the state's gas taxes and new fees on electric cars and hotel visits.

The law becomes effective on July 1. State transportation officials have said the new revenue will go toward a backlog of road and bridge maintenance.

The package sets gas taxes at 26 cents per gallon. It also creates a $200 fee on electric vehicles and a $5 per night fee at hotels and motels while eliminating tax breaks for electric vehicle owners and jet fuel purchases by Delta Air Lines.

Deal says the state hasn't increased taxes on fuel since 1971. He says the projects are a critical need.

Some conservative lawmakers opposed the bill, calling it a massive tax increase.