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Transportation funding bill

An $8.4 billion transportation funding bill was discussed on Tuesday by state legislatures, reported the Minnesota Daily.

According to Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Steve Murphy, DFL-Red Wing, the bill is meant to build and maintain the state's infrastructure. He also expects both the House and Senate to approve the bill.

However, to pass the bill, the House and Senate will have to pass it by two-thirds in order to override Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s veto.

If passed, the proposal will also increase the gas tax, which has remained the same for 20 years, by 2 cents directly following its passage and by another three cents later in the fall. License-tab fees will also increase if the bill is passed.