A transportation funding measure that would basically link the state’s gasoline tax to inflation is moving toward a vote in the Minnesota House over Republican objections that it’s a tax increase on working Minnesotans. Waseca Republican John Petersburg warns it’s a blank check:

“We need to hold agencies accountable for improvements, and we don’t do that when everything is in auto-pilot.”

Minneapolis Democrat Frank Hornstein responds Republicans opposed any gas tax increase, so to move forward he suggested indexing:

“And so now it’s, well, a penny a year, we can’t accept that, that’s government on auto-pilot…. The only thing that is on auto-pilot right now is our rapidly deteriorating infrastructure.”

Any form of a gas tax increase would likely not pass the Republican-controlled Minnesota Senate.