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House overrides veto

The Minnesota House overrode Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s veto Monday, a move that ushered into law a $6.6 billion transportation plan, reported the Star Tribune.

The legislation brings about the first state gas tax increase in over 20 years. By this fall, the gas tax will have increased by five cents.

A quarter-cent sale tax increase will also occur in seven-county metro area with all proceeds going toward transit projects. It is estimated that in Hennepin County the tax would generate about $606 million.

While Pawlenty said the legislation was “a DFL product, and a DFL result,? six Republicans joined the DFL majority in the House to override the governor’s veto.

The House vote was 91-41, one more than was needed to override the veto.