Political Insider: Transportation Funding, Legislative Pay Raise, Gorsuch Hearings

March 22, 2017 09:20 AM

Hamline professor David Schultz and Macalester professor Julie Dolan join KSTP's Tom Hauser to discuss the following topics among others:

House Republicans reveal transportation funding plan


Minnesota House Republicans are laying out a transportation funding plan that would charge a new $75 surcharge on electric car owners. The plan released Tuesday would put $2 billion toward transportation over the next two years largely by diverting existing taxes on car parts and rentals. The rest would come from the new surcharge and borrowing. The plan envisions $6 billion spent on roads and bridges over 10 years with no tax increases.

Speaker Daudt moves to block $14K raises in the House

Republican House Speaker Kurt Daudt is instructing House staff to not issue the $14,000 salary increases recently approved by an independent body. Minnesota voters set the 45-percent raise in motion in November by overwhelmingly approving a constitutional amendment to create a Legislative Salary Council. That body decided last week to increase lawmaker pay from $31,100 to $45,000 annually. It would be the Legislature's first raise in 18 years.

Gorsuch Says He Made No Promises to Trump

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch declared Tuesday he's made no promises to Donald Trump or anyone else about how he'll vote on abortion or other issues and testified he'll have no trouble as a justice holding anyone accountable, including the president who picked him. Gorsuch also called Trump's attacks on federal judges "disheartening" and "demoralizing."


Tom Hauser

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