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This measure isn't going to cost the average Minnesotan much in the short run, but in the long run it's going to go far in increasing the funding that is vitally needed for our infrastructure! Given the fact that some of the cost is phased in, there shouldn't be much more impact than another explosion to a refinery or $100 a barrel oil.
I am a strong republican that has lived in the Minneapolis area for 13 years. It is long overdue for the Minnesota legislature to get their act together and invest in the future infrastructure of the state. Spending on commuter rail and roads is the best money that has been spent in years, and I will gladly pay a few cents more for gas to pay for it.
WE are responsible for paying for the infrastructure of our generation not our children! Thank you legislators for doing your job and getting things done!!!!
It is about time. we in rural Minnesota are seeing the erosion of our roads and very little being done about it. After all we are part of Minnesota also.The metro area is not a state unto itself as portrayed
by the Republican party and their niaeve governor.
how much do you want to bet, that Tim Pawlenty shows up for the ribbon cutting of some major transportation project funded by this overide, and, then claims the credit for his administration? it would be only too typical of his slimy approach to governing minnesota.
This should have been put on the ballot and the voters should have had the final say.
While Exon-Mobil can rape us for $40-plus billion in profits last year, I don't feel any of us should complain about the first increase in gas tax since 1988. Way to go Minnesota, time to make roads, bridges, overpasses, underpasses safe for all. And it is about time to show arrogant dictator Pawlenty that he is but a small peanut in a jar of peanut butter. I am in favor of this veto. The increase in just construction jobs and the increase in taxable wages will also help the income tax receipts.
Increasing the gas tax was the right thing to do. By raising a tax that is tied to consumption, it is putting the burden of payment on those that use the roads the most. This is about as fair as you can make a tax increase. Gas fluctuates more than a nickel a gallon almost every single week. It will hardly even be noticed by the average driver.
I am thrilled that our legislature did the right thing and over rode the Governor. This bill was too long in coming and long overdue.
However, I am disgusted at the heavy handed threats made by the State Republican party against six members that dared to vote their conscience. Well done making Democrats out of former strong Republicans.
why dont they ever look at the budget and cut pork projects to pay for other things? thats how we have to run our budgets let the government run the same way
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