When state lawmakers return from their Easter/Passover break next week, several key unresolved issues will be waiting for them. Governor Tim Walz and Republicans remain far apart on whether there should be a gas tax to cover road and bridge fixes.
Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka says bonding money can be used to cover the costs…”we did highway 252, highway 14 and highway 23 doing that the last two years, so we’re open to that, but beyond that, we don’t need anymore in transportation.”
The governor responds: “I’m not opposed to bonding as a piece of this, but I’m not going to go down the road Ohio did, where Ohio shifted away from a gas tax.”
Walz says Ohio used bonding money for road fixes, and now its Republican governor is calling that a “disaster” and he’s proposing a gas tax.