A recent independent report found that there are over 1,000 Minnesota bridges and hundreds of miles of roads that are in poor condition. This costs the average Minnesotan more than $1,000 a year in gas, lost time, and car repairs. A 20-cent increase in the gas tax would make Minnesotans safer and ensure nothing like the I-35W bridge collapse happens again.
In October 2018, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) graded Minnesota’s roads a ‘D+’, bridges a ‘C’ and transit a ‘C-‘. Minnesotans deserve better. Check out Minnesota’s Infrastructure Report Card here.
The Legislature needs to pass a comprehensive, long-term transportation funding package that includes funding for roads and highways, bridges and transportation infrastructure throughout Minnesota. Any transportation funding package must be balanced across transportation modes and between Greater Minnesota and the Twin Cities Metro, must be long-term and sustainable and must be dedicated to transportation systems.
LIUNA Minnesota & North Dakota supports raising the gas tax by 20 cents, indexed to inflation, along with additional new revenue dedicated to Minnesota’s roads and bridges. Check out our Transportation Funding Analysis here.