ST. PAUL (LEARFIELD) – After having no success this legislative session, backers of a gas tax increase are looking for ways to get momentum because the next election is still a year-and-a-half away.

“I think when the business understands they have to be players here if we’re going to have a first rate transportation system,” said Rep. Frank Hornstein (D-Minneapolis). “I think you’re going to start to see things move.”

Bentley Graves with the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce says business tax relief is probably necessary before their members might support any gas tax increase:

“That’s generally what we’ve heard from our members, as we’ve had this conversation about increasing investment infrastructure the last several years,” said Graves.

Some backers of a gas tax increase have suggested waiting until after the election before trying again.