​House and Senate State Fair polls pose questions on future of transportation funding

​House and Senate State Fair polls pose questions on future of transportation funding

The Minnesota House of Representatives recently released the results of their annual State Fair Poll. One of the questions posed gauged support for amending the state constitution to require revenue from the sale of auto parts and repairs to be dedicated to fund roads and bridges. Those in support numbered 41.9%, those opposed were 39.1%, while those who were undecided or had no opinion totaled 19.0%. 

In addition, the Minnesota Senate also released the results of their annual State Fair Poll. However, their question gauged support for what method was the best to provide additional funding. Among the options was an increase in the gas tax (40%), amending the state constitution to require revenue from the sale of auto parts and repairs to be dedicated to fund roads and bridges (17.9%), an increase in the sales tax on new or used vehicles (5.4%), an increase in fees on license tab renewals (5%)

While these polls are not scientific, it indicates a public appetite for additional revenue to fund the state's transportation system. 

During the 2018 legislative session, Cooperative Network supported legislation that would have allowed Minnesotans the chance to ensure funding is used for highway purposes by voting to support a constitutional amendment to dedicate sales tax on auto part purchases and repairs to road and bridge funding. The bill was successfully passed by the House of Representatives, however the Senate opted not to take up the companion bill and it was not passed before the legislature adjourned. It is anticipated there will be a strong transportation funding debate when the 2019 session begins in January.

Topics: Legislation | Regions: Minnesota
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