Leaders enter Session Homestretch at Odds on Transportation

Just one week remains in the Minnesota Legislative session, but lawmakers are not any closer to finalizing a transportation plan than they were two months ago. 

Democrats want to raise the gas tax to pay for billions of dollars of repairs over the next decade.  Republicans who control the House say existing taxes and some extra cash can do the job. 

Legislative leaders stuck to those battle lines on Friday as they prepared to enter the session’s final week.  Governor Mark Dayton says he will spend the weekend cobbling together a compromise plan to put forward Monday. 

Any deal will be hashed out between Dayton, Democratic Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk and Republican House Speaker Kurk Daudt.  Daudt says he’s optimistic they can get it done before the session ends May 23. 

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