Gov. Tim Walz is stepping aboard a big transportation plan. The DFL governor’s first budget proposes an increase in gas and sales taxes in the metro, along with a license tabs fee increase. “This shows the commitment Minnesota has to community prosperity,” Walz said as he appeared alongside the state’s first all-electric bus.
Controlled by Republicans, the Senate vows to stop big tax and fee increases. Majority Leader Paul Gazelka said such hikes would “give Minnesota the reputation of being a cold California.” A 20-cent gas tax increase would moved the state to the 4th highest in the nation. DFL House Speaker Melissa Hortman said governors get about 95% of what they propose, so this should be taken seriously. Overall, the budget spends nearly $50 billion, but the legislature will spend the next few months having their say as legislation begins to take form.
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