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New MN transportation plan may mean higher taxes

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Democratic leaders of the state House and Senate transportation committees plan next week to unveil a proposal for funding improvements

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to roads, bridges and transit across Minnesota.

Senator Scott Dibble and Representative Frank Hornstein, both Minneapolis Democrats, announced their intentions Monday following an informational hearing on current transportation needs.

While a gas tax increase or other revenue-raising measures will be tough to sell in an election year session, Hornstein says the problems can’t wait.

Dibble wouldn’t talk about specifics, but says he believes a “robust, comprehensive, multi-modal transportation funding package” is needed this year.

The committee chairs still need to convince Governor Mark Dayton and Democratic legislative leaders to back their funding plan.

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