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Compromise gas tax reemerges to fund transportation, Hwy 14

May 12, 2013
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May-13-13 8:06 PM

From the article "Since the effort to expand 5Highway 14 to four-lanes has been ongoing for 50 years,". How about 60+ years? Grew up on Highway 14 many miles west of where the current discussion is going on and they were talking then of 14 being 4 lanes(1950's)

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May-12-13 11:47 AM

Middleclasswork has a point. At the same time it does not answer the question of the new cars that use electric either for all of the power or as a power assist. My suggestion is to replace the state motor fuel tax with a “tax per mile” for all motor vehicle,such a tax is possible. The tax would be calculated at the time the vehicle license is renewed. The current mileage would be subtracted for the mileage report at the time of the last renewal. At the time the vehicle is sold or return from lease, the mileage would be reported and any tax do would be paid. Over the road trucker would report their annual mileage driven in the state. It is a federal crime to faultiest report mileage at the time of a vehicle sale. I know this is just too simple for Minnesota to understand.You would have save the money during the year to pay the tax instead of paying at the pump.

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May-12-13 10:06 AM

Even with this 5 cent gas tax hwy 14 expansion will not be on this years project list.It will never be built because the politicians don't like New Ulm, period.

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May-12-13 8:22 AM

Since many cars are getting nearly double the gas mileage than they were 20 years ago, and costs for building and maintaining roads does go up, it becomes necessary to raise gas taxes once in a while to keep up. If you think of it as a "tax per mile" instead of a tax per gallon (bearing in mind that you are getting more miles out of that gallon of gas than you used to) you will realize that you are paying less for the use of the road than you were 20 years ago.

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