House Republicans on Friday issued a warning to Gov. Mark Dayton and DFL leaders, saying that any transportation offer to fix Minnesota's roads and bridges should not include a gas tax.
House Speaker Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, stood with more than 40 members of his caucus during a news conference where he issued his edict. It comes as the Dayton administration prepares a proposal for transportation over the weekend to be unveiled Monday.
"As Governor Dayton drafts his counter offer this weekend, I strongly urge him to remember his own words from December that a gas tax increase is dead," Daudt said.
House Republicans this week unveiled their counter-proposal on transportation, one that draws from the state's general fund to pay for improvements to the state's transportation infrastructure.
Dayton and Senate DFL leaders have opposed dedicating too much of the $900 budget surplus on transportation. Senate DFLers have proposed a gas tax, arguing that the commitment to ongoing spending would force other areas of government, such as education and human services, to compete with transportation needs in the future.
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