Heartland Institute Experts React to Gov. Dayton’s Plan to Hike Gas Taxes
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) on Monday unveiled two funding proposals intending to pay for increased spending on transportation infrastructure. One plan includes an increased tax on gasoline while the other relies on a hike in license tab fees.
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“Both of Gov. Dayton’s proposals to pay for increased highway construction spending are bad ideas, and lawmakers should start thinking outside of the box and exploring options that don’t involve increasing consumers’ pain at the pump.
“Hiking the state’s gasoline tax, a regressive tax with a disparate impact on low-income earners, would serve only to pump the brakes on the state’s economic momentum. Likewise, the state government should not increase fees and surcharges on the cost of applying for license tabs. State lawmakers instead should seek to reduce wasteful spending and actually spend the money in the state’s highway fund on highways.”
“Before raising any taxes or fees on already burdened Minnesotans, lawmakers should first make sure the state’s highway funds are actually being used efficiently. Throwing good money after bad money will only exacerbate the problem, with the bulk of the pain being felt by low- and moderate-income-earning Minnesotans.”
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