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March 1, 2013

House transportation leader to push gas tax increase

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MANKATO —

“We could pass the gas tax because it doesn’t take a super majority,” Brynaert said.

At the end of Friday’s meeting, Brynaert encouraged the audience of business leaders, local government officials, truckers and farmers — a group mostly supportive of upgrading Highway 14 to four lanes to New Ulm — to make their voices heard after Hornstein introduces his “corridors of commerce” legislation.

“I’m going to ask you to pay attention now through May and continue to dialogue,” she said.

Hornstein cautioned after the meeting that his bill won’t specifically allocate funds to Highway 14 or any other corridor, instead setting up criteria for a competitive process administered by the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

“We’re trying to keep the politics out of this as much as possible,” he said. “... But it’s designed with those types of corridors in mind.”

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