DFL Gov.-elect Tim Walz says Minnesota needs to raise the gas tax to fix the state’s roads, but the idea of paying more at the pump doesn’t sit well with some drivers.
“I’m not going to shy away from this,” Walz said. “I talked about it the entire campaign.”
According to Minnesota’s constitution, the state’s tax on gasoline can only be used for roads and bridges.
“Right now, the gas tax is the workhorse that we need to rely on to pay for our transportation system,” says Lee Munnich, senior fellow at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. “Part of the issue is that the public doesn’t really know how much it pays for the gas tax.”