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Transportation funding in critical need

March 5, 2014

To the editor: Do you recall what you paid per gallon the last time you filled up? As most Minnesotans have been to the gas pump lately they probably have noticed a price fluctuation each time they......

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Mar-19-14 9:55 PM

Integrity, I watched the House Transportation committee hearing today and the County Commissioner from Dakota County testified. She said 18% of the monies budgeted for bus transportation goes to outstate MN and the rest stays pretty much in two counties - we all know which ones they are.

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Mar-19-14 9:51 PM

I watched the recorded Senate Tax committee hearings today. The House Tax bill is 20 pages long worth $500 million in tax relief. The Senate bill is 50 pages long and has only $400 million in tax relief. Which means a conference committee will be needed to work out any differences or the House adopts the Senate version. The bill must be done by Thursday or certain facets of the tax relief for individuals will not be able to put into effect for this year's tax returns(Minnesota tax filings)

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Mar-19-14 9:40 PM

Don't forget that we're a far #2 priority in the eyes of MNDOT anyways out here in out-state Minnesota. We've been asking to stop "kicking it down the road" on Hwy 14 for 20-30 years. But the funds never seem to trickle too far outside the metro. He's asking for more tax money so we can jump in and expand 494 asap, not expand 14. Get the support from the majority of folks that will benefit - the metro.

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Mar-19-14 9:56 AM

So, increasing the gas tax more (this time on a wholesale level) will only increase the cost of gas more and will result in less people driving and thus buying less gas and in turn resulting in lower than anticipated tax revenues.

Seems we've already been down this road - pun intended...

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Mar-18-14 4:34 PM

OK, here is a new idea which I think should have been done long ago. Stop allotting money from the Transportation gas tax to trails and bike paths. Since we require licenses for ATVs, snowmobiles, and motorcycle/mopeds, let us require licenses for bicycles who use the trails and bike paths. Those funds collected could be used for trail development and maintenance much like we use license fees from the above mentioned vehicles for ATV trails and roads.

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