Backers of tax increases for transportation say they’ll be back at the State Capitol today (Mon) as the Minnesota House finishes debate and votes on a major funding bill for roads, bridges and transit. Republican Paul Torkelson from Hanska opposes Democrats’ plan:
“I believe we can get the job done without a gas tax (increase). We did it two years ago and I don’t see why we can’t do it again.”
But Minneapolis Democrat Frank Hornstein says new revenue is needed to pay for badly-needed transportation projects:
“It’s not a good thing to take money from our schools and health care to fund roads. We have dedicated roads money in our constitution for a reason.”
Governor Tim Walz is pushing hard for a gas tax increase. Republicans, who control the Minnesota Senate, say “no”.