Sunday, May 22, 2005

Transportation Bill reborn?

With all the hub-bub regarding the fee -vs- tax debate, the legislature has a GREAT opportunity here. Since the Governor has now set the precedent for what is a fee, all we have to do now is resubmit the Transportation Bill, as is, with one correction. Don't call it a gas tax, call it a per gallon Highway Maintenance fee. This distinction would actually be more accurate then the Current Tobacco fee proposal, since the payer of the fee will actually see a direct benefit from the revenue, a common distinction made between what is a fee and/or tax.

Don't get me wrong now, If it walks like a duck, it's still a Duck. But if Governor Pawlenty wants to continue playing linguistic lambada, then the legislature should call him on it and finally get things done!


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