Local

House Dems Move To Scaled-Back Transportation Plan

View Comments
(credit: Jupiter Images)

(credit: Jupiter Images)

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up
Today's Most Popular Video
  1. Boy Seeking To Bring Sleigh Of Toys To Children's Hospital
  2. 4 Things To Know For Dec. 18, 2014
  3. Mpls. Office Workers Battle For Best Holiday Cubicle
  4. New Rules Require Calorie Counts On Alcoholic Drinks
  5. Citrus Bowl Excitement Causes Flight Shortages

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — House Democrats hoping for a big funding influx for transportation projects this year are moving to a scaled-back effort to raise money.

The House Transportation Finance Committee is expected to discuss on Friday a budget bill that would allow counties to impose a half-cent gas tax and a $10 annual fee on vehicles registered within their borders. Counties could use that revenue to fund infrastructure improvements.

Lawmakers scrapped the idea of a statewide gas tax after Gov. Mark Dayton shot down the idea this week.

Rep. Frank Hornstein, a Minneapolis Democrat, says he wishes a transportation budget would go farther. He calls the new proposal a good step to address counties’ infrastructure needs.

Hornstein says he hasn’t given up on a metropolitan area sales tax to fund new transit projects.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 2,375 other followers