The Minnesota House and Senate moved in opposite directions Tuesday on Gov. Tim Walz’s proposed increase in the gas tax of 20 cents per gallon. The Democratic-controlled House released a massive $7.28 billion, two-year transportation bill that would significantly increase spending on roads, bridges and transit across Minnesota. The new spending would be funded by a gas tax increase, which would be phased in over four years and then increase with inflation. The plan also calls for an increase in the metro sales tax and higher fees.
The Republican-controlled Senate transportation committee, meanwhile, rejected the gasoline tax hike as well as other tax increases first proposed by the new Democratic governor in February.
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