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Minnesota House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher, left, DFL-Minneapolis, answers questions at a Minnesota Transportation Alliance-sponsored candidate forum Thursday at the Hampton Inn. Rep. Brita Sailer, DFL-Park Rapids, and Rep. Bernie Lieder, DFL-Crookston, joined House 2B and House 4A candidates. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Despite gasoline tax hike, transportation needs money

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A major infusion of $6.4 billion into Minnesota's transportation system amounts to only a third of what's actually needed, say transportation lobbyists.

"It took 20 years since the last gas tax was passed, and we can't afford to let that happen again," Gary Botzek, government affairs lobbyist with the Minnesota Transportation Alliance, said Thursday.

"We have to stay on top of our infrastructure; we can't let it get run down," he said.

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