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Minn. Dems delay transportation bill

ST. PAUL -- Democratic legislative transportation leaders delayed announcement of their transportation funding plan soon after Gov. Mark Dayton said Monday that he does not support increasing the gasoline tax.

Leaders had planned to roll out their plan, including a tax increase, at 1 p.m. Monday. Now, they plan to announce a proposal on Wednesday, after seeing what Dayton could support.

“I don’t support a gas tax,” Dayton said. “I don’t think the people of Minnesota support it.”

Still, Dayton said, more money is needed for highways and other transportation projects. He said the past three governors, two Republicans and an Independence Party member, have not provided needed funds.

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