Minnesota House to vote on GOP funding plan for road fixes
Published 10:03 am Tuesday, April 21, 2015
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota House was going on record about how to pour billions more into road and bridge construction.
A Republican-crafted proposal to direct $7 billion to projects over the next decade is slated for a vote Tuesday. As drafted, it would redirect existing taxes on auto parts, vehicle leases and car rentals to construction and borrow billions more.
The plan differs from a Democratic approach pursued by Gov. Mark Dayton and Senate leaders. They support hiking gasoline taxes as the main source for a long-term finance package.
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The transportation debate goes deeper than where the money would come from.
There’s also a divide about whether to expand mass transit and how extensively.