Dayton To Businesses: Back Real, Not Phony Road-Fund Fix
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Gov. Mark Dayton is pleading with Minnesota business leaders to help him build support for a transportation funding plan with real money, not "phony solutions."
Dayton pitched a skittish state Chamber of Commerce on transportation tax hikes he said Wednesday will generate the billions needed to deal with congestion, deteriorating infrastructure and planned expansions.
The chamber has recommended non-tax alternatives for covering the funding gap.
The Democratic governor addressed more than 1,000 people at the annual chamber dinner that coincides with the Legislature's start.
Dayton intends to seek a new sales tax on gasoline, higher vehicle licensing fees and metropolitan-specific tax increases for transit. He says temporary patches won't do.
By various estimates, Minnesota is between $2 billion and $6 billion short for transportation over the next decade.