MNGOP’s Anti-Rybak #6-8: Gas Taxes Continued

More on Gas Taxes:

Rybak Called For Federal & State Gas Tax Increases. “During his speech, Mayor Rybak renewed his call for increases in state and federal gas taxes to fund needed transportation projects, including bridge repair, highway expansion and transit improvement.” (“Mayor Rybak Urges More Transportation Funding,” US States News, October 10, 2007)

This was two months after the I-35W bridge collapsed. Is the MN GOP honestly suggesting that it was wrong for Rybak to be lobbying for more transportation funding at a time like that?

Backing Gas Tax Hike, Rybak Blamed Lack Of Tax Increases For Collapse Of I35 Bridge. “Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak was among those to testify at a hearing Wednesday on structurally deficient bridges. He told transportation committee members he endorsed Oberstar’s plan for a temporary increase in the federal gas tax. ‘In Minneapolis and in cities across the nation, we have not invested as we must in roads, bridges and transit, and our lack of investment has serious consequences,’ Rybak said. ‘I say this as the mayor of a city recovering from a tragedy that was not an act of God. It was a failure of man.’” (Liz Riggs, “Rep. Oberstar proposes plan to improve nation’s bridges,” Minnesota Daily via University Wire, September 10, 2007)

This was one month after the I-35W bridge collapsed. Is the MN GOP suggesting that it was wrong for Rybak to be suggesting that we needed more transportation funding?

* “Supporting Oberstar’s temporary 5-cent gas tax increase was Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, who called the 35W bridge failure ‘not an act of God [but] a failure of man.’” (Kevin Diaz, “Gas-tax increase to fix bridges is a tough sell,” Star Tribune, September 6, 2007)

This is from the same story as above. They quoted it twice to pad their talking points.

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