Twin Cities mayors back Dayton's transit tax

  • Article by: Pat Doyle , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 27, 2013 - 12:51 AM

Dayton plan to hike tax would shift cost of building Southwest light-rail line from the state to Twin Cities.

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srlarsonFeb. 27, 13 5:44 AM

Wow all kinds on comments on this one: First, Govoner to impose a tax without the county boards approval? Two, if the southwest wants to waste money on mass trasit, let them foot the bill....why would someone in Dakota or Washington County want to pay for transit in the Southwest? Really mr dayton, can't the dems come up with other ways than increase a tax....pretty soon people are going to stop spending. Aren't the current transit lines losing money...so the solution is build more? Wake up MN.....we are heading down a dangerous path where he wants all your money.

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rufflesFeb. 27, 13 6:04 AM

Enough already, stop this Madness now!

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mnpls123Feb. 27, 13 6:52 AM

"Aren't the current transit lines losing money"------they aren't losing as much as the roads and bridges. We can't support the roads and bridges we have now. How are we supposed to expand transit for future growth? Wake Up MN!

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palsarFeb. 27, 13 7:04 AM

"they aren't losing as much as the roads and bridges." --- When police, fire, EMTs, etc. can take LRT then maybe I'll support it. Roads and bridges are absolutely needed to move goods and services. LRT is nothing more than a money pit that benefit very few.

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EleanoreFeb. 27, 13 7:37 AM

Great idea to take it off the state's back but mandating it isn't appropriate. The effected counties should be voting on it and if one says no, the project dies unless federal money comes through or the state decides this specific project is really important to the entire state.

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mn2niceFeb. 27, 13 7:53 AM

Why do we always have people come on here expecting a government service for everyone to be a profitable enterprise? There is no transit system in the country, or in Europe or in Asia that makes a profit. If you want to see a profit from transit operations you are looking in the wrong place. Transit benefits everyone, even those who don't use it, because it helps the region improve mobility options for everyone. It helps, as the article points out, to attract new businesses to the region. It improves the mobility options of the region's workforce. Those who don't now use it may at some point decide to use it. So all the detractors who don't like government at all, get over it. Transit is here to stay and it is going to continue to be expanded. Why? Because a growing number of people use it every year. That's why.

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elmore1Feb. 27, 13 7:54 AM

Wow, I am shocked that both Rybak and Coleman are supporting Dayton on this! Sounds like more suppression of the voice of the taxpayer like the Vikings Stadium.

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ffedericoFeb. 27, 13 7:57 AM

Politicians who vote for this boondoggle should be required to take mass transit wherever they go.

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care4mnFeb. 27, 13 8:00 AM

Why increase taxes to continue to build light rail transit that is inefficient, expensive to build and more expensive to operate? It is past time to stop focusing on 19th century technology that requires disruption of neighborhoods, can not shift destinations to accommodate changing travel patterns and most importantly requires us to completely change our communities to dense urban living. Do we really want to accept a lifestyle that restricts when, how and where you can travel?

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brianstrFeb. 27, 13 8:16 AM

I'm all for mass transit, but why will there be *two* transit sale taxes for city residents? These taxes will be on top of the sales tax for the stadium. It seems that sales tax in the cities is the new state revenue.... and all without any input from the taxpayers themselves.

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