Minnesota Governor Tim Walz’s tax proposal is generating plenty of discussion in St. Paul. State Senator Torrey Westrom, who is from Elbow Lake, says rural Minnesota needs roads and bridges, but there is no support for a gas tax. “A 20-cent per gallon increase in the gas tax, plus new sales taxes and new license tab fees is a non-starter.” The Legislature is considering an additional investment in mental health services for farmers and agricultural stakeholders. “Last year, we had an increase in mental health funding and it was vetoed by former Governor Mark Dayton and we want to restore those dollars; it is not a big program, but it is an important program.”
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