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It’s Saunders vs. Bonovich for Seat C

Victor Ashe
Government/Politics columnist

The recent city elections produced no surprises other than the three opponents to Finbarr Saunders ran almost evenly among them while Saunders took the lion’s share of the vote.

Paul Bonovich, who faces Saunders in the runoff, edged his closest rival, David Williams, by 45 votes for Seat C. Expect Bonovich to wage an active campaign as will Saunders.

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Harwell idea delays vote on gas tax

Victor Ashe
Government/Politics columnist

House Speaker Beth Harwell has urged that part or all of the $400 million in additional state tax collections should go for new roads and existing road repairs. This is new money coming into the state treasury that was not anticipated when the state budget was enacted a few months ago.

What is significant here is that Harwell is voicing a game plan for the Legislature to tackle the road issue in a way that would enable it to avoid a gas tax increase vote in the 2016 session starting in five months. This would be new money one time for roads and would allow the lawmakers to skip a gas tax vote in an election year.

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