ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – House Democrats hoping for a big funding influx for transportation projects this year are moving to a scaled-back effort to raise money.
The House Transportation Finance Committee is expected to discuss on Friday a budget bill that would allow counties to impose a half-cent gas tax and a $10 annual fee on vehicles registered within their borders. Counties could use that revenue to fund infrastructure improvements.
Lawmakers scrapped the idea of a statewide gas tax after Governor Mark Dayton shot down the idea this week.
Rep. Frank Hornstein, a Minneapolis Democrat, says he wishes a transportation budget would go farther. He calls the new proposal a good step to address counties’ infrastructure needs.
Hornstein says he hasn’t given up on a metropolitan area sales tax to fund new transit projects.