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How Control of Congress Could Swing on a Fight to Repeal California’s Gas Tax

SAN FRANCISCO — It was enacted by the thinnest of margins: A 12-cent gasoline tax passed by lawmakers last year to finance a multi-billion-dollar campaign to repair California roads and bridges hobbled by years of neglect and disrepair.

But the tax, which took effect in November, is now the subject of a major battle with far-reaching implications for the state’s transportation network and the Democratic campaign to seize control of Congress in November. A measure to repeal the gas tax will appear on the California ballot, championed by Republicans opposed to it but looking to drive up Republican turnout in battleground congressional races.

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