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Candidate Positions on Gas tax

The following positions reflect those used for each candidate in the Select A Candidate survey. They come from the candidates; public statements, Web sites, and responses to Minnesota Public Radio questionnaires. In some cases, candidiates have failed to respond to inquiries, and their position is noted as "No known opinion."

Question: Would you favor an increase in the federal gasoline tax to pay for road construction projects, such as the rebuilding of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis.
Michael CumminsMichael Cummins ANSWER OPTION: Never, we have more then enough if properly used. We have too many projects that are a lower priority and should not be considered until we get these major issues dealt with.

Jim OberstarJim Oberstar ANSWER OPTION: The one-year commemoration of the I-35W bridge collapse is a stark reminder of the vital need to increase the investment in our nation's infrastructure. It is imperative to transform America's transportation system into a vibrant, sustainable engine of growth, underpinning and enhancing this greatest economy in the world. As chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I have worked many years to advance the transportation needs of Minnesota and the nation, and next year, our committee will have a unique opportunity to write a new transportation law that will embody a new vision to meet this most challenging need.