St. Paul – On Friday, House Republicans called on Governor Dayton to fund roads and bridges without a gas tax increase. Governor Dayton and his staff are expected to prepare his first transportation offer this weekend and announce it Monday morning. This comes on the heels of House Republicans offering a compromise transportation proposal Wednesday based off their ten-year plan to meet the state’s road and bridge infrastructure needs with existing resources.
“As Governor Dayton drafts his counter offer this weekend, I strongly urge him to remember his own words from December: ‘a gas tax increase is dead’. Minnesotans expect us to fund our roads and bridges and they’ve asked us to do so without forcing them to pay more at the pump,” said Speaker Kurt Daudt (R-Crown).
“From the beginning, we Republicans in the House have been adamant that we will not support a raise in the gas tax when we have a $900 million budget surplus," said Rep. Bob Dettmer (R-Forest Lake). "If a transportation bill is truly a priority for Governor Dayton and the Senate DFL Majority, as they have stated, then the Governor’s compromise on Monday will not include a gas tax. The majority of Minnesotans don’t support it, and I will continue to be strong in my opposition to it as well."
The House Republican offer released Wednesday puts additional dollars into highways, township roads, turnbacks and makes progress on rail safety. On the transit side, in an effort to ensure taxpayer dollars are spent efficiently and effectively, the House Republican compromise provides common-sense Met Council reforms.