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Dayton Opens Door to Tax Hike-Free Transportation Plan

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton addresses the media where he discussed pending bills as the 2017 Legislature continues its duties at the State Capitol Friday, April 7, 2017, in St. Paul, Minn. Photo: AP/Jim Mone
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton addresses the media where he discussed pending bills as the 2017 Legislature continues its duties at the State Capitol Friday, April 7, 2017, in St. Paul, Minn.

April 20, 2017 02:16 PM

Gov. Mark Dayton is softening his opposition to Republicans' tax hike-free approach to funding transportation repairs.

Dayton and lawmakers have struggled for years to pass a major road and bridge funding package amid partisan divides over how to pay for it. Dayton and Democrats have pushed for a gas tax hike while Republicans have insisted the budget surplus and existing tax revenues are sufficient.

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Dayton still says he thinks a 10-cent tax increase is the best route. But he said Thursday he wouldn't veto a bill without that funding mechanism.

That could pave the way to a deal with the Republican Legislature after more than four years of failed efforts. But the transportation funding debate goes hand-in-hand with the broader fight over a new state budget.

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