There are just days left in the 2016 legislative session and I expect bills relating to transportation, bonding, and tax relief to be addressed in the coming days.
Of the “big three” issues that remain, the transportation bill is likely the key to a final agreement as it will have a large effect on our tax relief and bonding bills. Leaders in the House and Senate continue to work together to iron out the differences in the two chambers’ roads and bridges proposals.
The good news is that both the House and Senate understand the need for a comprehensive fix to our roads and bridges. The sticking point between the two proposals is a funding source.
The House passed legislation last year that uses existing tax revenue and redirects it to roads and bridges repairs while the Senate passed a bill that would raise the gas tax by a minimum of 16 cents per gallon. This new rate would make Minnesota’s gas tax the second highest in the nation.
I am working with colleagues in the House and Senate to ensure that our roads and bridges are addressed without the harmful gas tax increase. While there is still some distance between the two proposals, I believe we can come to an agreement. One thing is certain, all those involved want a successful end to session and are committed to working towards a solution.
Staying in Touch
As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have a questions regarding this piece of legislation or any other matter before the legislature. I can be reached by phone at 651-296-8237 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a great weekend,