ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Rep. Tim Walz says he’d push to raise the state’s gasoline tax if elected governor to pay for infrastructure improvements.

The Democratic congressman included that measure as part of a broader policy package he released with mayors and leaders from across Minnesota on Thursday. Walz called Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton’s failed push for a hike of 10 cents per gallon “a starting point.”

Increasing the gasoline tax has been a lightning rod at the Capitol. Republican majorities have blocked it in favor of repurposing existing funding and putting budget surplus dollars toward infrastructure repairs.

Walz says he couldn’t rule out other tax increases to pay for priorities like broadband internet grants and local government aid increases. He says policymakers should start by addressing needs and then discuss how to pay.

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Comments (8)
  1. Chris Divine says:

    Spend, Spend, Spend! That’s all you can come up with? Worthless politician!

    1. Oh,Lets be fair. First you have to pander to special interests gain votes. Then you have to legislate the theft of our money. Then you can Spend, Spend, Spend!

      Pimpin’ ain’t eazy.

      Why is the infrastructure in such bad shape ?

      1. Patty Moore says:

        Oh no, you can’t go after abuse and fraud like the 100 million fraudulently taken from the child care fund and sent out of country. No, just steal more from the over taxed people of MN.

  2. Mike Madison says:

    thanks, twin cites democrats…idiots
    can we sell ramsey and hennepin counties to california?