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Dorholt’s latest mailer

According to Zach Dorholt’s latest mailer, which is actually paid for by Dorholt’s campaign, “Zach shares our priorities.” It isn’t surprising that he’s making this claim. It’s surprising what he thinks are “our priorities.” Listed first on Dorholt’s priorities is that he’ll “invest in our schools in Central Minnesota from pre-K to college and bring […]

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Transportation brawls shaping up

The special session that everyone wants to have hinges on 2 things: Gov. Dayton’s insistence on more spending in the general budget and funding of the SWLRT. Of the two, it’s thought that funding SWLRT is the higher priority for Gov. Dayton and the DFL. That makes sense since they’re the metro party. They aren’t […]

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Uppity peasant vs. Rep. Thissen

A little over a week ago, the St. Cloud Times published my LTE in which I talked about how Speaker Daudt challenged Rep. Thissen. Specifically, I wrote that Thissen accused Republicans of throwing “controversial provisions into big bills right at the end” of session. Unwilling to let Rep. Thissen’s spin go unchallenged, Speaker Daudt asked […]

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Get Washington Out of the Business of Redistributing – and Wasting – Transportation Dollars

I’ve argued (repeatedly) that we should abolish the Department of Transportation and allow states to make decisions on how to fund and whether to fund transportation projects. As an interim measure to control federal spending, involvement, and intervention, I’ve explained that Congress should do nothing to increase revenues into the highway trust fund. Supporters of […]

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Wolgamott visits Ox in the Afternoon

Dan Wolgamott visited with KNSI’s Dan Ochsner Wednesday afternoon. Wolgamott was the DFL-endorsed candidate against Rep. Tama Theis in 2014. Here’s a little historical information on that race. Rep. Theis won that election by 1,300 votes while garnering 55% of the vote. One of the topics discussed during the interview was transportation. Wolgamott lamented the […]

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DFL promises no more tax increases

In a stunning development, the DFL has promised it’ll never raise the gas tax again to fix Minnesota’s roads and bridges. Let the parsing begin. Actually, the DFL didn’t make that promise this session. That’s what they promised in 2007-08. Back then, Sen. Steve Murphy, then-chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, promised that passing a […]

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Progressive Mark Dayton?

There’s no question that Gov. Dayton is a progressive. In 2010, he campaigned on the issue that Minnesota’s tax code wasn’t progressive enough. Immediately upon getting sworn in, he submitted a budget that raised income taxes. During the campaign, Gov. Dayton criticized Tom Horner’s cigarette tax for its regressivity. In 2013, Gov. Dayton signed a […]

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Transportation battle lines drawn

It didn’t take long for the DFL to define themselves on transportation: Then there’s Gov. Dayton’s fallback position on everything: “I say $6 billion and they say nothing?” a frustrated Dayton said last week during the press conference at which he made his “pure fantasy” remark about Republicans’ proposal. “This is not a beginning of […]

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The Stupid Party Strikes Again: GOP Flirts with Gas Tax Hike

One of the very first “accomplishments” of the new GOP majority in Congress was to approve a piece of corporate welfare to subsidize terrorism insurance for big companies. But I tried to overlook that development since there were a few modest reforms included with the legislation. After all, you shouldn’t make the perfect the enemy […]

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Gas prices are down, so hold on to your wallets!

Almost right on queue, the liberals are coming out of the woodwork—the “pest” reference is deliberate—to announce that it’s time for you and I to step up to the plate and hand over more of our money. Joining a growing movement, an opinion piece by the Denver Post Editorial Board details how the recent bout of dropping fuel prices presents the perfect opportunity to raise gas tax rates in order to help the country’s neglected highway systems. They give the following reasons: Most forecasters, including the federal government, say that lower gas prices are likely to continue. And as we all know, when the government makes a projection, they always get it right. *cough* Obamacare *cough* Current gas prices should make this the perfect time for Americans and politicians—I guess they’re saying politicians aren’t Americans, which is actually pretty close to accurate—to agree to pay the piper and raise the tax. Ah yes, the old “paying taxes is the American thing to do.” I’m surprised they didn’t drag out Joe Biden’s old “paying more taxes is patriotic.” The pain from raising gas taxes now will be less obvious than when gas was over $3. I guess basic math escapes the geniuses on the Denver Post Editorial Board. […]

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Gas tax increase dead in the water

This article is fantastic news for Minnesotans: DFL legislative leaders say plans to raise the gas tax for road projects and a metrowide sales tax for transit projects are dead for the year. “I would say they’re probably both dead,” said DFL Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk. Senate leaders have been pushing to increase the […] . . . → Read More: Gas tax increase dead in the water . . . → Read More: Gas tax increase dead in the water