Transportation Taxes, Spending Take Center Stage at Capitol
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Democrats who control the Minnesota House have unveiled a transportation budget that expands on Gov. Tim Walz's spending and taxing proposals, while a Republican-controlled Senate committee, in a largely symbolic move, has voted down his transportation tax increases.
The House Democratic transportation budget unveiled Tuesday mostly mirror's the Democratic governor's proposals, including a 20 cent gas tax increase. There are some differences on license tab fee increases. And they propose a half-cent sales tax increase for the Twin Cities metro area instead of the one-eighth-cent increase Walz proposed.
The Senate transportation committee later voted along party lines against a bill that broke out the governor's transportation tax proposals from his spending plan for roads, bridges and transit. Transportation chairman Scott Newman says he'll propose a broader transportation package next week.