State's gas tax goes up today

Clark Johnson
Clark Johnson of Anoka pumps gas at Casey's. Johnson is not happy that Minnesota's gas tax will be going up.
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The gas tax increase was included in a transportation bill that became law in late February after lawmakers overrode a veto by Governor Tim Pawlenty.

It was the first time one of Gov. Pawlenty's vetoes had ever been overridden.

As a result of the vote, the state's gas tax will go up 5.5 cents as a way to raise more than $6 billion for road and bridge construction.

That 5.5 cents is coming in stages, however.

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April first marks the first increase of two cents. The entire increase will be in place by October.

Governor Pawlenty's said the override had started a taxpayer revolt that would end on Election Day, but for some it hasn't even taken that long.

The override needed a handful of Republican votes to succeed, and some of those Republicans have since lost their party endorsements, another dropped out of her re-election race altogether.

Supporters say the higher gas tax will raise much needed money to fix aging roads and bridges.