Minnesota’s gasoline tax would go up 20 cents a gallon under a transportation budget bill the Democrat-controlled Minnesota House passed last night (Mon). Crookston Republican Debra Kiel says one business owner warned her what will happen…

“I go to North Dakota to get tobacco. I go to North Dakota to get something else, and then I just fill my gas tank, and all of a sudden I’m shopping… across the river.”

Minneapolis Democrat Frank Hornstein responds gas prices have gone up 70 cents a gallon since January — and that money goes to oil companies:

“Where’s the outrage about that? We have a plan where this modest gas tax increase, the money stays right here in our local communities.”

Leaders of the Republican-controlled Minnesota Senate say they absolutely will not agree to a gas tax increase.