ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — 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.
Representatives Frank Hornstein of Minneapolis and Ron Erhardt of Edina say Tuesday they want to raise $3.8 billion for road, bridge and transit projects around the state of Minnesota. Projects include extending Highway 14 to four lanes from Dodge Center to Owatonna and adding a third lane on Interstate 94 from Rogers to Monticello.READ MORE: Drone Video Brings Duluth's Glensheen Mansion To Life
Besides the gas tax hike lawmakers are also proposing an increase in license tab fees of at least $10, a 4.5-cent increase in the fuel surcharge, and adding the sales tax to more auto parts.READ MORE: Bloomington Police: Missing Girl With Autism Found
Backers say the money will keep the state’s transportation system modern. But Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton is still expressing doubts about a gas tax hike.MORE NEWS: Runner Does Grandma's Marathon Months After Bone Marrow Transplant: 'Who Gets A Gift Like That?'
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