A proposal to repeal Minnesota's ban on Sunday liquor sales has support from Democrats and Republicans this session, however that does not guarantee it is going to pass. In the past it has been voted down by wide margins.
How much money is it going to take to undo the decades of neglect Minnesota roads have suffered? Governor Mark Dayton’s calculation is about $11 billion. In a transportation proposal unveiled Monday, Dayton called for investing $6 billion over the next ten years to address the state’s highway funding deficit, investing $2.356 billion in local government transportation projects, and providing $2.92 billion for Metro and Greater Minnesota transit systems.
Governor Dayton says this is what it will take to pay for those investments:
-6.5 percent gross receipts tax on gasoline
-raising the current 1.25 percent base tax on vehicle registration fees to 1.5 percent
-raising car registration fees by $10.
The Governor’s plan would also require Minnesota’s Department of Transportation to be more efficient so the state would get $6 billion of work for $5.38 billion in new funding.
Minnesota Republicans are proposing the state eventually eliminate its tax on Social Security benefits. Currently Minnesota taxes Social Security benefits at the same rate as the federal government, meaning that people whose income mostly relies on social security is not taxed, but those who have additional income are taxed.
President Obama strays off script when applause breaks out after he says "I have no more campaigns to run."