as introduced - 80th Legislature (1997 - 1998) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am
1.1 A bill for an act 1.2 relating to transportation; increasing rate of excise 1.3 tax on gasoline and special fuel; allocating 25 1.4 percent of receipts from motor vehicle sales tax to 1.5 transit assistance fund; proposing constitutional 1.6 amendment by adding a section to article XIV, to 1.7 dedicate at least 25 percent of motor vehicle sales 1.8 tax receipts to transit assistance; amending Minnesota 1.9 Statutes 1996, sections 296.02, subdivision 1b; 1.10 296.025, subdivision 1b; and 297B.09, subdivision 1. 1.11 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 1.12 Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 296.02, 1.13 subdivision 1b, is amended to read: 1.14 Subd. 1b. [RATES IMPOSED.] The gasoline excise tax is 1.15 imposed at the following rates: 1.16 (1) E85 is taxed at the rate of
14.217.7 cents per gallon; 1.17 (2) M85 is taxed at the rate of 11.414.2 cents per gallon; 1.18 and 1.19 (3) all other gasoline is taxed at the rate of 2025 cents 1.20 per gallon. 1.21 Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 296.025, 1.22 subdivision 1b, is amended to read: 1.23 Subd. 1b. [TAX RATES.] The special fuel excise tax is 1.24 imposed at the following rates: 1.25 (1) Liquefied petroleum gas or propane is taxed at the rate 1.26 of 1518.7 cents per gallon. 1.27 (2) Liquefied natural gas is taxed at the rate of 1215 1.28 cents per gallon. 2.1 (3) Compressed natural gas is taxed at the rate 2.2 of $1.739$2.174 per thousand cubic feet; or 2025 cents per 2.3 gasoline equivalent, as defined by the National Conference on 2.4 Weights and Measures, which is 5.66 pounds of natural gas. 2.5 (4) All other special fuel is taxed at the same rate as the 2.6 gasoline excise tax. 2.7 Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 297B.09, 2.8 subdivision 1, is amended to read: 2.9 Subdivision 1. [ GENERAL FUND SHAREALLOCATION OF 2.10 RECEIPTS.] (a) Money collected and received under this chapter2.11 must be deposited in the state treasury and credited to the2.12 general fund. The amounts collected and received shall be2.13 credited as provided in this subdivision, and transferred from2.14 the general fund on July 15 and February 15 of each fiscal2.15 year. The commissioner of finance must make each transfer based2.16 upon the actual receipts of the preceding six calendar months2.17 and include the interest earned during that six-month period.2.18 The commissioner of finance may establish a quarterly or other2.19 schedule providing for more frequent payments to the transit2.20 assistance fund if the commissioner determines it is necessary2.21 or desirable to provide for the cash flow needs of the2.22 recipients of money from the transit assistance fund.2.23 (b) Twenty-five percent of the money collected and received2.24 under this chapter after June 30, 1990, and before July 1, 1991,2.25 must be transferred to the highway user tax distribution fund2.26 and the transit assistance fund for apportionment as follows:2.27 75 percent must be transferred to the highway user tax2.28 distribution fund for apportionment in the same manner and for2.29 the same purposes as other money in that fund, and the remaining2.30 25 percent of the money must be transferred to the transit2.31 assistance fund to be appropriated to the commissioner of2.32 transportation for transit assistance within the state and to2.33 the metropolitan council.2.34 (c) The distributions under this subdivision to the highway2.35 user tax distribution fund until June 30, 1991, and to the trunk2.36 highway fund thereafter, must be reduced by the amount necessary3.1 to fund the appropriation under section 41A.09, subdivision 1.3.2 For the fiscal years ending June 30, 1988, and June 30, 1989,3.3 the commissioner of finance, before making the transfers3.4 required on July 15 and January 15 of each year, shall estimate3.5 the amount required to fund the appropriation under section3.6 41A.09, subdivision 1, for the six-month period for which the3.7 transfer is being made. The commissioner shall then reduce the3.8 amount transferred to the highway user tax distribution fund by3.9 the amount of that estimate. The commissioner shall reduce the3.10 estimate for any six-month period by the amount by which the3.11 estimate for the previous six-month period exceeded the amount3.12 needed to fund the appropriation under section 41A.09,3.13 subdivision 1, for that previous six-month period. If at any3.14 time during a six-month period in those fiscal years the amount3.15 of reduction in the transfer to the highway user tax3.16 distribution fund is insufficient to fund the appropriation3.17 under section 41A.09, subdivision 1, for that period, the3.18 commissioner shall transfer to the general fund from the highway3.19 user tax distribution fund an additional amount sufficient to3.20 fund the appropriation for that period, but the additional3.21 amount so transferred to the general fund in a six-month period3.22 may not exceed the amount transferred to the highway user tax3.23 distribution fund for that six-month periodReceipts from the 3.24 tax imposed under this chapter must be deposited in the state 3.25 treasury and credited as follows: 3.26 (1) 25 percent to the transit assistance fund established 3.27 under section 174.32; and 3.28 (2) the remainder to the general fund. 3.29 Sec. 4. [CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT PROPOSED.] 3.30 An amendment is proposed to the Minnesota Constitution, 3.31 article XIV. If the amendment is adopted, the title of article 3.32 XIV will be "TRANSPORTATION" and article XIV will be amended by 3.33 adding a section to read: 3.34 Sec. 12. The legislature shall appropriate in each fiscal 3.35 year for assistance to transit, as defined by law, an amount 3.36 equal to not less than 25 percent of the net proceeds from a 4.1 sales and excise tax imposed by law on the purchase price of new 4.2 and used vehicles. 4.3 Sec. 5. [SUBMISSION TO VOTERS.] 4.4 The constitutional amendment proposed in section 4 must be 4.5 submitted to the people at the 1998 general election. The 4.6 question submitted must be: 4.7 "Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to require 4.8 that the legislature must annually appropriate for transit 4.9 assistance an amount equal to at least 25 percent of net 4.10 proceeds from a sales or excise tax on new and used motor 4.11 vehicles? 4.12 Yes ....... 4.13 No ........" 4.14 Sec. 6. [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 4.15 Sections 1 and 2 are effective July 1, 1998, and apply to 4.16 all gasoline and undyed diesel fuel in distributor storage on 4.17 July 1, 1998. Section 3 is effective July 1, 1999.