Dayton creates transportation financing task force

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Jan 26, 2012 at 4:39 pm

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Gov. Mark Dayton is creating a task force to come up with new ways to pay for Minnesota's roads, bridges and public transit.

Dayton said Thursday the panel will "look all over the country and the world'' for ways to ease the shortfall in funding and improve transportation.

The advisory group is to present its recommendations by December. Dayton says he hopes the panel will come up with ideas that can be considered by the 2013 Legislature.

The Star Tribune reports the Minnesota Department of Transportation has been studying a tax on miles driven by motorists. But MnDOT Commissioner Tom Sorel says more study needs to be done before deciding if that idea would be fair and suitable.

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