Republicans Offer Rebuttal Bill To Gov. Walz’ Proposed Gas Tax Hike
Under Walz's budget proposal, Minnesota's gas tax would increase from nearly 30 cents to nearly 50 cents a gallon
ST. PAUL, MN — Four Republican senators in Minnesota have introduced a rebuttal bill that would allow drivers to choose at the pump whether they want to pay an extra 20-cent per gallon gas tax.
The bill is likely a response to Gov. Tim Walz’s proposed 20-cent per gallon gas tax hike, which would not be optional.
The tax increase was included in the Democratic governor’s first budget, which he put forth last month.
Under Walz’s budget proposal, Minnesota’s gas tax would increase from nearly 30 cents to nearly 50 cents a gallon.
The revenue would go towards road and bridge projects across the state.
Republican Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka has said the gas tax is off the table.
Republican Senators Andrew Mathews of Milaca, Jerry Relph of St. Cloud, Jason Rarick of Pine City and Mark Koran of North Branch authored the rebuttal bill.
Press Secretary for Gov. Walz slammed the proposal saying “Making sure Minnesota’s infrastructure is structurally sound isn’t optional. Governor Walz has proposed a plan to keep Minnesotans safe from crumbling roads and bridges. It’s time for Minnesota Republicans to put forward a serious proposal to fund desperately needed repairs across the state.”