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Minnesota Considers Constitutional Amendment to Fund Road Construction

Minnesota legislators are considering if detouring certain sales tax dollars into a constitutionally mandated separate fund could solve the state's road and transportation funding needs.

March 30, 2018

Minnesota legislators are considering if detouring certain sales tax dollars into a constitutionally mandated separate fund could solve the state's road and transportation funding needs.

Wednesday, Minnesota State Senator Scott Newman's bill was passed by the state's Senate Transportation Committee to ask the voters in November if they want to legally require sales tax revenues generated from auto parts and repairs toward fixing roads, bridges, highways and other transportation projects instead of allowing that money to flow into the state's general fund.

In a transportation funding agreement done last year, Minnesota lawmakers passed a law that dedicates sales tax money from vehicle leases and rentals toward transportation projects. However, those tax dollar currently go into the state’s general fund where, while dedicated to transportation projects, in reality the money can be used on anything from roads to health care and education programs if legislators find other, non-transportation budgets are tight.

The measure would require a ballot initiative which couldn't be vetoed by the governor. As yet, there's no similar bill in the House.

Critics of the bill say the measure improperly places transportation funding ahead of other budget such as health care or education.

Read more in MPR's Roads Amendment Seeks To Detour State Tax Dollars

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