State Rep. Jeff Backer, one of the members of the New House Republican Caucus. (Photo: Marshall Hoffman)

State Representative Jeff Backer, a Republican from Browns Valley, called Governor Tim Walz’s 20 cent per gallon gas tax proposal a “massive” tax hike, as it would raise the current gas tax from 28 cents per gallon to 48 cents. Speaking on the KMRS Legislative Corner show, which will air Sunday morning, he also criticized the parts of Walz’s  budget that raise property taxes and health care.

Backer said high taxes result in people moving out of Minnesota and a gas tax, in particular, would make it difficult for gas stations along the border to compete.

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