Friday, May 13, 2005

Minnesota Gas Tax

With a worst-case car that gets over 30 mpg, a twelve mile round-trip commute that I very occasionally dispose of by bicycling, and a fondness for shoveling instead of snowblowing, a new ten cent gas tax hike just doesn't concern me too much. But I have to say I'm in favor of it if it so obviously supports local theater.

"Majority Whip Marty Seifert, R-Marshall, then resorted to a half-hour filibuster, which he delivered mostly to bemused DFLers while his side of the chamber emptied out for an unsuccessful last-minute pep talk."

House Speaker Steve Sviggum, R-Kenyon, attributed the bill mostly to "insane Democrats who got greedy, got hoggish." Reminded that his own members, including the chief proponent, Rep. Ron Erhardt, R-Edina, had made the passage possible, Sviggum said simply: "They were wrong."

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