Dayton, New MnDOT Head Differ On Gas Tax Hike

Dec 12, 2012 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: CBS Local

Gov. Mark Dayton said Wednesday he opposes increasing the state's gas tax "at this time," putting him at odds with the man he appointed to lead Minnesota's Department of Transportation.

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non-starter

Saint Paul, MN

#1 Dec 12, 2012
Dayton opposing a tax? That's just crazy. Maybe he does want to get re-elected after all.
Amused Slew

Seattle, WA

#2 Dec 12, 2012
"Man", eat more fiber or change to EZ glides for more comfort.
Elmo

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Dec 13, 2012
non-starter wrote:
Dayton opposing a tax? That's just crazy. Maybe he does want to get re-elected after all.
He's had his meds "adjusted".

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Since: Aug 12

Former MN Tax Payer

#4 Dec 13, 2012
non-starter wrote:
Dayton opposing a tax? That's just crazy. Maybe he does want to get re-elected after all.
Gov GoogleyEyes handlers have told him that the gas tax is too divisive for him to support. Dayton's pending re-election effort is going to require him to allow others to support some issues that are too controversial for him to endorse.

So the strategy is for Dayton to publicly oppose it and then smile and reluctantly sign the increase when it lands on his desk.
Load of Crap

Saint Paul, MN

#5 Dec 13, 2012
So what does Smart Craphead recommend then? Our roads, highways and bridges are deteriorating at an alarming rate and need more investment just to maintain the system. A gas tax is a user fee.

Actually it doesn't matter what the paln is - Smart Craphead will criticize it.
gizmo

Saint Paul, MN

#6 Dec 13, 2012
Load of Crap wrote:
So what does Smart Craphead recommend then? Our roads, highways and bridges are deteriorating at an alarming rate and need more investment just to maintain the system. A gas tax is a user fee.
Actually it doesn't matter what the paln is - Smart Craphead will criticize it.
What a load of crap!
non-starter

Saint Paul, MN

#7 Dec 13, 2012
Load of Crap wrote:
So what does Smart Craphead recommend then? Our roads, highways and bridges are deteriorating at an alarming rate and need more investment just to maintain the system. A gas tax is a user fee.
Actually it doesn't matter what the paln is - Smart Craphead will criticize it.
A $.40 gas tax increase is $.12 more than the current state and federal gas tax combined. If you notice that smell, it is the load of crap is in your pants.
Load of Crap

Saint Paul, MN

#8 Dec 13, 2012
non-starter wrote:
<quoted text>A $.40 gas tax increase is $.12 more than the current state and federal gas tax combined. If you notice that smell, it is the load of crap is in your pants.
The proposal was for a 40 cent increase in the state gas tax OVER THE NEXT TWENTY YEARS.

Inflation alone will eat up most of that increase, and you have no way of comparing Minnesota to what over state's gas tax will be 20 years down the road.

Since: Feb 12

Location hidden

#9 Dec 13, 2012
Raise taxes to get more money from the many, that can be spent on things selected by a few.
Hmmm, sounds familiar.
Load of Crap

Saint Paul, MN

#10 Dec 13, 2012
Umm, the house and senate determine what our tax money is spent on. Would you rather have more bridges falling down? This one seems like a no-brainer - our infrastructure is crumbling and we need to find the money to fix it. This isn't a political issue.
Goofy eyes it is

Minneapolis, MN

#11 Dec 13, 2012
Gas taxes WILL GO UP!!

The poor people least able to afford it will be affected most by the tax increase.

Gas taxes will be wasted on bike paths, having NOTHING TO DO with commuting.

Net result, the poor commuters least able to afford the tax increase will see no improvement in metro highways (goat paths).

Notice even on a perfect weather day metro goat paths are congested!!

Minnesota sucks!!!
Load of Crap

Saint Paul, MN

#12 Dec 13, 2012
Instead of whining all the time, why don't you come up with an alternate method to fund infrastructure maintenance and improvements?
Goofy eyes it is

Minneapolis, MN

#13 Dec 13, 2012
Goofy eyes appointed a CEO of a Bus company to head MnDOT.

It's time Government place the priority for MnDOT on ROADS!!

The head of MnDOT should be a road builder from a state that has a proven track record of providing roads that accomodate the traffic demands of the people.

A wonderful example is highway 10 merge with I35W. 10 goes from 3 lanes to 2 lanes for the merge. Now anyone with a trace of grey matter knows if you have a road leading to a city you DON'T reduce the number of lanes as you get closer to the city.

The new MnDOT head will push the Libertard agenda to force more people onto the bus or LRT or NorthStar.

Minnesota sucks.

Libertards will take us backwards to horse and buggy days.
Load of Crap

Saint Paul, MN

#14 Dec 13, 2012
Instead of whining all the time, why don't you come up with an alternate method to fund infrastructure maintenance and improvements?

And most of us want our transportation dollars spent on things like mass transit, bike lanes, rail, airports, etc, in addtion to highways.
Goofy eyes it is

Minneapolis, MN

#15 Dec 13, 2012
Load of Crap wrote:
Instead of whining all the time, why don't you come up with an alternate method to fund infrastructure maintenance and improvements?
And most of us want our transportation dollars spent on things like mass transit, bike lanes, rail, airports, etc, in addtion to highways.
Would you like to explain that to the 2,000,000 or so commuters who are stuck in Minnesota traffic every day of the year?
Load of Crap

Saint Paul, MN

#16 Dec 13, 2012
Most of us want our transportation dollars spent on things like mass transit, bike lanes, rail, airports, etc, in addition to highways.

Comprende?
Goofy eyes it is

Minneapolis, MN

#17 Dec 13, 2012
Would you like to explain that to the 2,000,000 or so commuters who are stuck in Minnesota traffic every day of the year?
Load of Crap

Saint Paul, MN

#18 Dec 13, 2012
What part of what I typed are you incapable of comprehending?
Goofy eyes it is

Minneapolis, MN

#19 Dec 13, 2012
Load of Crap wrote:
What part of what I typed are you incapable of comprehending?
What part of what I typed are you incapable of comprehending?
Load of Crap

Saint Paul, MN

#20 Dec 13, 2012
The part where it has nothing to do with what I typed: Most of us want our transportation dollars spent on things like mass transit, bike lanes, rail, airports, etc, in addition to highways.

Most of us. The majority. Greater than half. Consensus.

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