Beers with Blois: Walz says gas tax isn’t dead yet, but he's open to 'different combination of things'

Did the governor open the door to a possible compromise?

Blois Olson
May 09, 2019 - 6:04 pm

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In the first edition of our upcoming political podcast, Beers with Blois, Gov. Tim Walz tells host Blois Olson that some Republican Senators have privately suggested that he might be able to pull off making the gas tax a reality this session.

The key exchanges occurs near the five minute mark of the free flowing and in-depth half-hour long conversation. 

Olson asks Walz, "Have you worked behind the scenes with any members of the Republican party to think that maybe Republican senators that there's, there's still a chance that you could pull together the votes?"

And Walz replies: "Yeah, because what they recognize is... they themselves say there's not adequate funding. They've simply have proposed other things: bonding, which of course is tax payer dollars. The idea is that they have themselves in a bit of a position where they don't want to be for this."

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Later, Walz makes clear that he hasn't given up on the proposal yet, but there may be room for compromise: "I'm not convinced that we have left the idea that Minnesota's roads and transit system needs to be upgraded. We may have to approach it a little bit different combination of things."

Listen to the full interview here:

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