Here’s the latest news from St. Paul.
Last week, the Governor signed each of the budget bills totaling $48 billion, so we officially have a fully approved state budget. While most of the $12 billion in new harmful taxes and fees were removed from the final bills, Governor Walz said in an interview that he expects the Republicans to ask him for a gas tax increase next year. I am proud that Republicans were able to stop many of the most harmful taxes, and I’m disappointed that the Governor insists on continuing to pursue a 70% increase in the gas tax, indexed to inflation which would add an additional 1 or 2 cents every year thereafter. Gas taxes are one of the most regressive taxes we have, disproportionately hurting those who can least afford it, and those who drive in Greater Minnesota.
I want to hear from you: Do you want the Legislature to impose an additional $0.20 per gallon gas tax, indexed to inflation? Visit my Facebook and let me know!
As always, if you need assistance on an issue pertaining to state government or have concerns or ideas about legislation, my office is available to you. You can e-mail at Rep.Marion.ONeill@House.MN or call my office at 651-296-5063. You can also write a letter to me. My office address at the Capitol is 357 State Office Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, St. Paul, MN 55155.