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Transportation bill goes to Pawlenty

A new transportation bill was passed in both the House and Senate Thursday, reported the Minnesota Daily.

While the bill was passed in both houses, the House passed the bill 89 votes to 44, just one vote shy of the two-thirds needed to override an expected veto by Gov. Tim Pawlenty. One House vote, Connie Ruth, R-Owatanna, was absent when voting took place.

The bill now goes to Pawlenty, who will have three days to either pass or veto the bill.

If passed, the $6.7 billion bill will immediately increase the gas tax by two cents and another three cents by Oct. 1. This will be the stat’s first gas tax increase in 20 years. However, it is likely that Pawlenty will veto the bill because of his opposition to raising taxes.