Minnesota counties press legislators for wheelage tax authority

  • Article by: Laurie Blake , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 22, 2013 - 11:12 PM

Some prefer the per-vehicle fee on car tabs to bring in more money for road maintenance.

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falcon1681Mar. 22, 1310:53 PM

Well, this can be directly traced back to Pawlenty and the Republicans cuts to LGA.

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jbpaperMar. 23, 13 1:23 AM

We probably wouldn't need to do this if all the money generated from vehicle sales tax went to roads instead of transit.

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texas_technomanMar. 23, 13 6:04 AM

Problem is, the wear and tear on the roads has more to do with the wieght of the vehicles..vs. the autos/pickups that happen to live in that county. Need to figure out a way to get the 18 wheelers to pay their fare share, otherwise the taxpayers are subsidizing the motor carrier industry.

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verdepatoMar. 23, 13 6:42 AM

Remember no mater how much we give government in taxs it will never be enough They will keep spending and spending until not one citizen has a dime left Then they will want blood

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jcinmnMar. 23, 13 7:07 AM

This is just the start. With increased fuel efficiency the demand for gasoline and diesel is dropping. Something has to be done to replace the revenue generated by the fuel tax.

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wulffie22Mar. 23, 13 7:08 AM

Seems like there is a headline per day describing some process to take more money from the citizens of Minnesota.. I have to wonder about the funds that are already collected and what they are used for. If the gasoline tax is 9.5 cents per gallon how much does the state take in on an annual basis and where does this money go?

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theagonybhoMar. 23, 13 7:20 AM

Just anothwer example of an inefficient Government looking for more money. Get out of my wallet, we are moving to Arizona in 18 months i cant take it anymore. I just heard a road specialist on talk radio who spent the last 5 years studying roads in every state. Suprisingly he stated minnesota roads were pretty good and rated them 10th by taffic and what we spent per mile on the roads. In Minnesota no matter how much we give the government it will never be enough.

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olneymacMar. 23, 13 7:22 AM

Don't forget they are kicking around a gas tax increase to help pay for this too.

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skogliciousMar. 23, 13 7:38 AM

Well it sounds like some lobbyists will have to shift their focus to the county instead of the state.

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jbpaperMar. 23, 13 7:40 AM

texas_technoman; Two things, first off 18 wheelers do pay their fair share. Between the registration (over $1300 if they are only licensed in MN, more if they want to go to other states); heavy use tax ($550 a year)and with them only getting between about 5 and 8 MPH, they pay a lot of fuel tax. The second thing, I live in South Mpls, have never seen a semi on the road in front of my house and yet it has plenty of pot holes.

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