Senate approves nickel gas tax hike

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May 10, 2013 at 3:36 pm

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Senate has revived the possibility of raising the gas tax for roadwork and a metropolitan area sales tax for mass transit in a sudden change to a transportation finance plan.

The revision came Friday in an amendment that would raise the gas tax by 5 cents over four years and a half-cent sales tax in the Twin Cities area over the same span. The two taxes would raise about $1 billion over the next four years.

Legislative Democrats had retreated from a gas tax increase after Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton publicly balked at it. His spokesman, Bob Hume, said the governor has not changed his stance in opposition to a gas tax increase this year.

The change was adopted on a 34-26 vote.

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