November 30, 2012

Tax hikes proposed to fund Minn. transit

MINNEAPOLIS — StarTribune reported that Gov. Mark Dayton's task force on transportation is calling for an increase in local sales taxes, gas taxes and vehicle fees. Drafted recommendations would raise taxes by $20 billion over 20 years and for shifting transit funding from the state to metropolitan governments.

The governor created the task force last year in response to more demand for new revenue sources to pay for transit and highways. For the full story, click here.

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  • Mike Evans[ December 5th, 2012 @ 4:59am ]

    While I support the idea of a tax proposal for transit, I do not support the proposal for an increase to the general sales tax. An increase on gas taxes and vehicle fees are quite appropriate because of the pollution to the ozone that use of fossil fuel causes. The negative externality of increased pollution should be paid for by the contributors to pollution; while not increasing the general sales serves as an incentive for those commuters who have chosen to use public transit.

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