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Julie Bunn, left, of Lake Elmo, and Jen Peterson, of Cottage Grove discussed transportation issues facing the east metro at a forum Thursday in Cottage Grove. Staff photo by Patricia Drey Busse.

Candidates talk transportation at forum

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More investments in transportation are needed, said local political candidates who spoke at a transportation forum Thursday in Cottage Grove, but raising spending will be tough to do in the current economic climate, some said.

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Increasing the gas tax, motor vehicle sales tax or other fees are three options offered by the Transportation Alliance, the organization that sponsored the forum held at the Washington County Government Center in Cottage Grove.

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