Gov. Walz has said, in a perfect world. he would like it to be a 10-cent per gallon increase. Walz added, for every penny increase, an additional $30 million would be generated for road and bridge repair.
If this goes through, it would be the first gas tax increase Minnesota has seen since 2012.
“It’s a non-starter. Especially with a $1.5 billion surplus,” said Sen. Justin Eichorn, R – Grand Rapids.
A gas tax, according to the state constitution, has to be used for road and bridge repair.
Governor Walz says he wants the increase, because, as he says, Minnesota has an $18 billion transportation need over the next 20 years.
“When you look at the numbers, there is nothing that provides that. It doesn’t matter if you zeroed out education, if you will, you’re still not going to be able to get there,” said Walz. “My responsibility is to get us to the next level of transportation.”
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, Minnesotans currently pay a 28.5 cent state tax on gas. That is just below the national average of 28.6 cents per gallon, meaning Minnesota ranks 25th in the country in state gas tax paid.