Minnesota House Democrats propose summer gas tax holiday | State and Region

MINNEAPOLIS — Several Minnesota House Democrats on Friday proposed a summer gas tax holiday to help ease the burden of rising gas prices on motorists.

The proposal, drafted by Democratic Rep. Zack Stephenson of Coon Rapids, would remove the 28.5-cent gas tax from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Joined by Representatives Dave Lislegard, Jessica Hanson, Kaela Berg and Dan Wolgamott in a video announcing the proposal, Stephenson said it was an effort to tackle rising inflation.

Stephenson said the $200 million proposal would be paid for using the state’s $7.7 billion surplus.

GOP Senate Majority Leader Jeremy Miller of Winona called the proposal an “election year gimmick” and called for permanent tax relief. Senate Republicans on Thursday unveiled an $8.5 billion tax cut proposal that would cut the lowest income tax rate from 5.35% to 2.8% and eliminate taxes on all social security benefits.

Republican House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt of Crown criticized the five Democrats for voting in favor of gas taxes in recent legislative sessions.

“Now, with inflation out of control and gas and energy prices skyrocketing in the Walz/Biden economy, they are imposing a desperate, temporary gas tax waiver,” Daudt said in a statement. “Minnesota voters won’t be fooled.”

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