Big Gap In Road-Fixing Plans Means Bigger Fight At Capitol
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A wide gulf between how Republicans, Democrats and advocacy groups want to pay for road and bridge repairs will make it one of the biggest fights at the Legislature.
House Republicans on Thursday proposed using the state's projected budget surplus and cost-cutting measures to funnel $750 million for repairs over the next four years.
A package of tax hikes and fee increases favored by Gov. Mark Dayton a business coalition may raise more than that sum annually.
Top leaders at the Capitol agree fixes are needed but disagree how much they will cost. Estimates range from $2 billion to $6 billion in repairs by 2025.
Republicans say they don't want to raise taxes. Margaret Donahoe, co-chair of the Move MN business coalition, says their proposed increases are modest but necessary.