ST. PAUL – On Friday, House Republicans called on Gov. Mark Dayton to fund roads and bridges without a gas tax increase. Dayton and his staff are expected to prepare his first transportation offer this weekend and announce it Monday morning.
This comes on the heels of House Republicans offering a compromise transportation proposal Wednesday based off their 10-year plan to meet the state’s road and bridge infrastructure needs with existing resources.
“People want action on transportation and we already have the dollars available without raising the gas tax," said Rep. Dale Lueck, R-Aitkin. "Surveys continually show citizens oppose a gas-tax increase, so let's honor that sentiment and recognize transportation as the priority it is with existing revenue streams."
The House Republican offer released Wednesday puts additional dollars into highways, township roads, turnbacks and makes progress on rail safety. On the transit side, in an effort to ensure taxpayer dollars are spent efficiently and effectively, the House Republican compromise provides common-sense Met Council reforms.