Minnesota Republicans Stake out $7B Plan for Roads, Bridges

Minnesota House and Senate Republicans want to tap the state’s budget surplus, reroute existing tax revenue and borrow toward a $7 billion upgrade goal for roads and bridges over the coming decade.

The plan released Monday is smaller than Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton’s nearly $11 billion proposal, primarily because it has far fewer dollars for mass transit projects.

But the GOP blueprint is closer in size when it comes to roadways, and theirs doesn’t call for higher gasoline taxes as Dayton relies on.

In the Republican proposal, hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes from auto part sales, rental vehicles and leases would be earmarked transportation instead of going into the general treasury.

It also calls for $2.3 billion in borrowing.

Senate Democrats are advancing a plan similar to Dayton’s.

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