Gas tax hike proposal resurfaces in Minnesota Legislature

  • Article by: Pat Doyle , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 7, 2013 - 9:41 PM

Key DFLers haven’t abandoned the idea of increasing the gasoline tax to pay for highway improvements, but Gov. Dayton affirms his opposition.

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vernMay. 7, 1311:11 PM

How many more taxes can they come up with? Unbelievable! How about some spending cuts! Stop the insanity!

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supervon2May. 8, 13 5:41 AM

Dayton? Opposed to a tax? What is this world coming to? Only the rich drive gas-guzzler cars and the truckers already know to fill up in other states before they pass through Minnesota.

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rickbmnMay. 8, 13 7:19 AM

I've got an idea: Instead of raising the gas tax, how about just stop taking gas tax money and using it for other projects like bike paths and mass transit? How about the gas tax pays for roads, and then have a mass transit tax for those who use mass transit, and a bike path tax for those who use them?

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badboyzsMay. 8, 13 7:42 AM

The DFL is on a mission and they actually believe the last election gave them a license to do anything they want. Extracting as much money as they can from the remaining tax payers is their primary objective.

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elmore1May. 8, 13 7:44 AM

The tax assault from the DFL continues on all of us. The economy is still barely moving. Let's be reasonable eh?

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my4centsMay. 8, 13 7:46 AM

All of the legislative proposals are starting to make sense now. After raising taxes on most everything, they have no choice but to raise the minimum wage as well. Then, their taxes will add to the inflationary numbers, resulting in an even higher minimum wage. Keep artificially increasing wage costs and what does the state get? - more revenue from income taxes.

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palsarMay. 8, 13 7:57 AM

"“It’s a balanced package that treats all parts of the state with some level of equity,” Dibble said of his latest proposal." -- They always talk about a balanced approach but NEVER talk about cuts to anything. So, are they going to propose a "gas tax rebate" for lower income families like they are doing for the clothing sales tax?

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theagonybhoMay. 8, 13 8:08 AM

Of course, when the DFL cant figure thier budget out tax cigarettes, alcohol and gas. I fully expected the GOP to get stomped in the midterms, may be a little more interesting with these latest moves.

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formergopMay. 8, 13 8:13 AM

Why don't they start licensing bikes? Why don't they start charging a permit fee for using the bike path through the west suburbs? Everybody but bicyclists pays. Why/

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test123456May. 8, 13 8:43 AM

What happened to only raising taxes on the rich? Is that new slang for we'll tax everyone?

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