Dayton Offers Transportation Plans; GOP Cool

Governor Dayton Offers Alternative Transportation Proposals to GOP

With only a week before Minnesota’s Legislature must adjourn, state leaders in St. Paul still haven’t reached a deal on a transportation funding plan.

Gov. Mark Dayton presented two proposals Monday to Democratic Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk and Republican House Speaker Kurt Daudt.

One would fund road and bridge repairs in part by increasing license tab fees and adding a 5-cent gas tax increase.

The other would generate $400 million from higher tab fees without a gas tax.

Daudt said after the meeting that the governor’s proposal still relies too heavily on tax increases.

Dayton’s proposal includes a metro-area half-cent sales tax in order to fund metro transit projects.

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