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Support Builds for Gov. Dayton's Quarter-Cent Tax Increase

The Counties Transit Improvement Board voted to support a local sales tax increase for transit funding.

The following was released by Hennepin County:

The Counties Transit Improvement Board voted at its February meeting to support Gov. Mark Dayton’s proposed quarter-cent local sales tax increase for dedicated transit funding in the region.

 “Not only are we competing for scarce federal dollars to build transit investments like the Southwest Light Rail Line, we are also competing with other regions to attract companies and talent," said Counties Transit Improvement Board Chair Peter McLaughlin. 

"Using the metro area sales tax as a long-term funding source allows the region to plan ahead and build the kinds of transit investments Minnesota needs.” 

The proposed quarter-cent increase in the regional transit sales tax would be imposed across the seven-county metropolitan region for the build-out of the Metropolitan Council's adopted plan for transit expansion. This would include new light rail transit, bus rapid transit or commuter rail lines to serve major corridors; expanding the bus system to meet growing ridership across the region; and providing a long-term source of funding to stabilize operating budgets. 

CTIB’s vote to support increased funding for transit expansion comes on the heels of a recent public opinion poll showing broad support for expanded and improved public transit. Nearly two-thirds of voters surveyed statewide support increasing the metro area sales tax in order to fund transit improvements.

Minnesota’s three largest local Chambers of Commerce – the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce, Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, and TwinWest Chamber of Commerce – hired a bipartisan team of nationally known pollsters Public Opinion Strategies and Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates to conduct the poll of 700 Minnesota voters. The poll was taken Jan. 6-8. 

rob_h78 February 22, 2013 at 08:25 PM
IMHO - these "true conservatives" get to be "true" because they know that the subsidizes will still go through so they won't have to face the consequences in their state. For example, while I think Tom Coburn is a pretty straight up talker, he knows full well that he can speak out against for subsidizes and look like a true conservative but that those subsidizes will still go through. Only when the farmers and others people and companies in his state would be a real risk of losing those subsidizes -for example if Coburn had the deciding vote would we know where he would really place his chips - when there would be some real consequences.
Matt Eckholm April 09, 2013 at 05:52 PM
Hurt the birds vs. continue to perpetuate an unsustainable and dirty fuel source? How is that even an argument?
Timothy Hall April 10, 2013 at 01:30 AM
The birds is only part of the argument. We have enough fuel to pay for state pensions for the next 200 years.
Mike B. April 10, 2013 at 01:43 AM
Although, I must admit, if whirling windmills would knock off the plague of Canadian geese, I'm all for the windmills!
Al Anderson April 10, 2013 at 02:16 PM
While there are certainly some groups that support the building out of the forever fiscally stupid light rail system -- it is highly misleading to claim that "support builds". More shoddy journalism in action.....always with a leftist agenda behind it

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