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The night the gas tax died

The best news from the Capitol this weekend is that transportation conference committee members have given up on reaching a grand bargain: With a grand transportation compromise all but dead, lawmakers on Saturday moved to pass a so-called “lights-on” bill to fund the Department of Transportation next year. Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis said that unless […]

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Huckabee announces; apathy reigns

This morning, Mike Huckabee announced that he’s running for president again. This famous movie line sums up my thoughts on Gov. Huckabee’s candidacy: I’m sure Gov. Huckabee has some supporters just like I’m certain that the number of supporters is dwindling. Another establishment candidate doesn’t change the dynamics of the race. HOPE, Ark. (AP) — […]

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Transportation philosophy

The DFL is opposed to not raising every Minnesotan’s taxes. The Dayton-DFL transportation plan would impose a tax increase on everyone who owns a vehicle. It would also impose a tax increase on everyone in the 7-county metro area via a sales tax increase. The 7-county sales tax increase is collected from anyone buying things […]

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Bakk’s math doesn’t add up

Yesterday, I wrote that Rep. Thissen reflexively criticized the Republicans’ transportation proposal. This post will show how Sen. Bakk’s math doesn’t add up. Here’s what Sen. Bakk said about the Republican transportation plan: Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, DFL- Cook, said constitutionally-dedicated funding, like the gas tax, is a better approach for transportation. Bakk said […]

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Gov. Dayton’s non-solution solution

Gov. Dayton and the DFL are insisting on spending $330,000,000 on railroad safety to prevent oil car derailments/fires. This article shows how short-sighted the Dayton-DFL plan is: With a throng of officials from towns dealing with the headaches of heavier train traffic behind him, Dayton called it “totally unacceptable” that railroads would oppose contributing more […]

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Bakk-Dayton transportation plan

The only thing missing from the Bakk-Dayton transportation press conference was a picture of them kissing after making up. True to form, Gov. Dayton said at least one thing that’s utterly laughable: Gov. Mark Dayton didn’t mince words Thursday when it came to the House Republican transportation plan, calling it “fiction.” “All we get from […]

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