A major transportation budget bill — *without* the gas tax increase Democrats wanted —  is headed to the desk of Governor Tim Walz after the Minnesota Senate approved the compromise measure Thursday.  Republican Scott Newman from Hutchinson says he absolutely agrees there should ongoing funding for transportation, but not tied to what he calls a “dying star like the gas tax”:

“I acknowledge we need it, but we’re gonna have to have some cooperation with some of the folks that are using our roads that are not paying their equivalent share.”

Democratic Representative Frank Hornstein responds:

“Very, very few people are driving electric vehicles now…, so the revenue would be minimal.   However, we do want to incentivize people to drive electric vehicles.”

Republicans rejected Governor Tim Walz’s plan for “clean cars” legislation, saying California standards would leave Minnesota dealers with unsold electric car inventory on their lots.