House and Senate Republicans unveiled our comprehensive, future-oriented proposal for transportation improvements in Minnesota on Monday. Our plan invests $7 billion over the next decade without raising taxes.
This proposal creates a special fund called the Transportation Stability Fund that redirects already existing revenues towards a new account dedicated to transportation spending. There are five accounts that would dedicate a combined $3.078 billion over ten years:
Small Cities Account – revenue from existing rental vehicle tax
Greater Minnesota Bus Services Account – revenue from 50% of existing Motor Vehicle Lease sales tax
Suburban County Highway Account – revenue from 50% of existing Motor Vehicle Lease sales tax
In addition to these dedicated dollars provided by the Transportation Stability Fund, the Road and Bridge Act of 2015 uses $1.3 billion in Trunk Highway bonds, $1.2 billion from realigning MNDOT resources, $1.05 billion in General Obligation bonds, and $228 million in General Funds.
Our plan is supported by reliable, dedicated resources without raising taxes and stand in contrast with Governor Dayton and Democrats’ proposal.
The Governor's transit and road plan relies on a new 6.5 percent sales tax on gasoline which would raise gas prices by a minimum of 16 cents/gallon.
If you’re a driver in Greater Minnesota, you’re projected to pay at least $180 more per year – and that number increases every time the price of gas rises.
Ultimately, our plan would repair or replace 15,500 lane miles of roads and 330 bridges statewide, all without raising anyone’s taxes.
As I have spoken with constituents, I have found that there is very little appetite for a new gas tax. Families simply cannot afford to pay more at the pump. Why, at a time when we are finally seeing some relief at the pump, would we want to raise Minnesota’s gas tax to a level that would give us the 5th highest gas tax in the nation?
We can make these critical investments in our roads and bridges if we prioritize the way we spend taxpayer dollars. I am confident that our proposal represents the best step forward in addressing our transportation infrastructure needs.
Town Halls to be Held on Saturday
I will be hosting a series of town hall meetings this Saturday, March 28th. I encourage you to attend these meetings and voice your questions, comments, or concerns on issues affecting our area and state. Details for the meetings are listed below.
Red Apple Café
116 North Main Street
Mahonomen, MN 56557
Callaway City Hall
321 Main Ave.
Callaway, MN 56521
111 East Main Avenue
Frazee, MN 56544
119 Main Street NE
Menahga, MN 56464
West Forty Restaurant
906 1st West
Park Rapids, MN 56470
D& R Café
27 Central St. W
Bagley, MN 56621
As always, do not hesitate to contact me if you ever have a question or comment about a piece of legislation or a state agency. I can be reached by phone at 651-296-9918 or via email at email@example.com.
Have a great weekend,