Some top Minnesota Democrats are ditching a call for a wholesale gasoline tax in an effort to force action on transportation funding this year. Ambitious plans to increase funds for the state’s ailing network of roads and bridges were stymied this legislative session by disagreement over how to pay for it.
State officials say about half of Minnesota roads and bridges are more than 40 years old, nearing the end of their useful lives.
A Republican-aligned political group will counter Gov. Mark Dayton’s tax plan for road and bridge repairs with a barrage of radio and direct mail ads, the group announced Wednesday.
Minnesota House Republicans are using news of a $1.87 billion budget surplus to douse Gov. Mark Dayton’s call for increased gasoline taxes for road work. House Speaker Kurt Daudt reacted Friday to the forecast by saying his caucus would push for tax cuts and to apply some of the money to transportation projects. Daudt says the surplus shows Minnesota government is collecting too much and should lower rates.
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Gov. Mark Dayton’s plan for transportation would repair or replace 2,200 miles of state roads and 330 bridges, but would come at a noticeable cost to taxpayers. Dayton released a large-scale proposal Monday that depends on adding a new 6.5 percent tax on gas and higher vehicle registration fees.
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In the wide ranging interview, Dayton responds to questions about developments in Texas where a health care worker has been diagnosed with Ebola, to the controversy surrounding his support for a tax on gasoline, as well as claims by his opponent that he does not know what is in the bills he has signed.
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden is backing away from remarks supporting a raise in the gas tax to pay for highway repairs.
In a sudden shift Friday, the Minnesota Senate revived the possibility of raising the gas tax for roadwork and a metropolitan area sales tax for mass transit projects by making over what had been a stand-pat transportation finance plan.
After backing off a proposed gas tax increase in the face of opposition from Gov. Mark Dayton, state Senate Democrats on Wednesday proposed an alternative in the form of a new sales tax on fuel sales at the wholesale level as a way to raise money for road and bridge projects.
Democratic lawmakers who lead House transportation panels are seeking a menu of transportation tax and fee hikes including a five-cent increase in the state gas tax.
Gov. Mark Dayton said Wednesday he opposes increasing the state’s gas tax “at this time,” putting him at odds with the man he appointed to lead Minnesota’s Department of Transportation.
A transportation group created by Gov. Mark Dayton is calling for higher gas taxes, vehicle registration fees and Twin Cities sales taxes to raise more than $50 billion for road and transit over the next two decades.