First, the flaw in your comparison is the link you posted was from August of 2005. That was then. Klobuchar was sworn into office January 2007. This is now. Second, we have had a republican governor whos rally cry has been No New Taxes (unless you smoke). A gas tax was proposed and passed by the MN state legislature this session as part of the Transportation bill. It was vetoed by Mr. No New Taxes (unless your a smoker) Govenor Pawlenty. Poll after poll in this state indicated a majority of people would accept this additional tax (which was reduced from the original proposal to .05 a gallon increase). Additionally there was a catch to receive this amount of money you post (over 6 years time). States had to raise their gas taxes to receive the max funding the bill provided. There wasnt a 46% increase. It was 46% divided over 6 years and that was only if matching funds were obtained by the state. Translation: of the 46% (max) 23% had to be raised by states by obtaining Increased Tax Revenue, as I understand the distribution of this 'alleged' funding increase. http://www.acppubs.com/article/CA6429191.html So with strings attached, there was the potential for Minnesota to receive the money posted in your link. But the lapdog Rep. Govenor (who seems to be being groomed by the Rep party for higher office) made sure Minnesota would not receive the potential funds available. But as information from this Minneapolis tragedy are coming out, between the finger pointing and the denial of responsibility cascading around local news snippets, quietly yesterday, Mr. No New Taxes (gov. Pawlenty) has announced he is Thinking about calling a special session in sept. and May reconsider his position on the gas tax.