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VANCOUVER, Wash. - To the list of woes facing a cash-strapped Washington state government, now add fuel efficiency.
     
Drivers pay 37.5 cents on each gallon of gas. The money generates the bulk of revenue needed to build and maintain state highways. The problem is drivers require less gas than they used to.
     
Automobiles are more fuel-efficient and people are driving less.
     
Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond told The Vancouver Columbian the present gas tax won't maintain and improve the transportation system into the future.
     
A report compiled for the Legislature's Joint Transportation Committee noted that in the state's 2009 fiscal year total fuel consumption declined from the previous year, for the first time ever.

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