Gov. Walz holding firm on gas tax increase

March 01, 2019 07:12 PM

Despite a potential downturn in the economy and a diminishing state budget surplus, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz says he'll stand firm on his proposal to increase the gas tax.

"We can't afford to not go forward," Gov. Walz said in an interview recorded for "At Issue" that will be broadcast on Sunday. "We simply have a crumbling infrastructure."

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Walz says opponents of his plan to raise the gas tax by 20 cents per gallon over two years and then index future annual increases to inflation don't understand that not doing anything also costs money.

RELATED: Walz proposes 2-year budget, including 20-cent gas tax

"You're spending money right now sitting idling in traffic, added repairs to your automobile, lost time," the governor says.

He said his budget plan includes "working family" tax credits for families earning under $45,000 to help them offset higher gas costs.

You can see the full interview with Gov. Walz on "At Issue" at 10 a.m. Sunday morning.

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