Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Thank you Gov. Pawlenty

Take a look at this picture and tell me you are still angry with Gov. Tim Pawlenty.



Without Pawlenty vetoing the gas tax bill, sponsored and passed by Republicans, gas last night would have cost me $2.599.

13 Comments:

At 10:27 AM, Blogger GOPWingman said...

DAMN STRAIGHT

 
At 10:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Dick Day did support the gas tax, as you suggested, why don't the conservative GOP senators overthrow him?

 
At 11:03 AM, Anonymous Ted.Underhill said...

Republican Minnesota is old enough to drive??? :)

 
At 12:09 PM, Blogger Republican Minnesota said...

Because Dick Day is, well...how should I put this...Dick Day. If you are familiar with the man in the very least, this should make sense.

 
At 12:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know nobody wants to hear this but we need a tax on transportation fuel. It needs to be used to fund reaearch and developement of replacements for oil. If we do not get ahead of the curve on "peak oil" there will be hell to pay later. Then the ones bitching about the cost of gas today, will be bitching about how they let us down.

There is always a bigger picture, take a look.

Gary

 
At 12:57 PM, Blogger Republican Minnesota said...

Not necessarily. What we should do, and this was included in the final budget deal I believe, is dedicate all revenue from transportation related taxes and fees, and dedicate them to funding transportation. A change like this would need to be on the ballot, and I don’t know how it would fare come Election Day. But I think this is an issue that Republicans and Democrats can agree upon. We need to find some common ground and repair the damage that occurred the past two sessions. Raising the gas tax is the easy way out.

 
At 1:18 PM, Blogger Zack said...

I agree that the gas tax should be constitutionaly devoted to transit (as long as transit isn't defined soley as roads and highways but includes mass transit as well) but I think we're going to have to raise the tax as well. Lets face it, our roads are falling apart and we're not keeping up with the mass transit development thats happening in other cities around the country. A poor transportation system hurts our ability to recruit high end business, which in turn hurts our property tax base, which hurts our schools (everything is tied together). I don't want to pay anymore for gas, but we're just going to have to bite the bullet and do it.

 
At 1:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Besides, you pay 2.49 ! ?
I pay 2.79 now.

Gary
PS, have you read up on peak oil?

 
At 1:47 PM, Blogger Republican Minnesota said...

Why do we need more public transit? Where would you like to see them?

 
At 1:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We need more lightrail. 35W corridor for a start, then between Minneapolis and St. Paul, then out along 394 and 94 to the east. It has had fantastic results in Minneapolis and should be expanded. Will eliminate a lot of congestion and people who want to pay $2.50 a gallon for gas can keep doing it.

 
At 2:04 PM, Blogger Republican Minnesota said...

But LRT was way over budget. We have the MNPass on 394 and MTC busses 50 and 15 connect MPS and St. Paul. It's there for everyone to use...if they don't take advantage of it, it's hardly the state's fault.

35W and 62 is scheduled for a revamp, so hopefully that will clear things up without the need for more subsudized travel.

 
At 2:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dick is a dick.

 
At 10:11 PM, Blogger Tinpot said...

Sorry, this doesn't get the Governor off the hook. He lobbied for and got the constitutional amendment for transportation funding on the ballot next year. Pushed for and got a tax hike on tobacco. Gave gobs more money to public education with little in return for concessions or accountability. It's never enough money for them, no matter how much they get.

"I call this a 'good-enough-for-now bill,' " said Rep. Mindy Greiling, DFL-Roseville. She said it would take $1 billion more to solve those problems.

The State GOP website had to trumpet successes from 6 years ago to try and put the right spin on this session. That doesn't say a lot about the progress of conservative issues in Minnesota.

 

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