MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) -- Minnesota lawmakers are divided on how to fund road and bridge repairs -- whether to use a gas tax hike or raise car license tab fees.
Here's the difference in cost: Minnesota's tax is 28.5 cents a gallon. For most cars with a 20-gallon tank, that's about $5.70 in taxes every time you fill up, or roughly $205.20 in taxes every year.
License tabs are a whole different category. Tabs for a new $30,000 car will cost about $385 in the first year, and $235 in Year 5.
So what's cheaper -- to raise a gas tax, or to charge more for license tabs?
It turns out, they're roughly the same. Raising a gas tax 5 cents will cost $36 more a year at the pump. A 10-cent hike will cost $72. And raising the gas tax 15 cents a gallon will generate $108 a year.
The Republican plan would cost you $5 more in the first year, and $112 more in Year 5.
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