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Byline: Bill Salisbury
Apr. 20--Minnesota's gasoline tax would increase 3 cents a gallon and would automatically rise an additional half-penny in future years under a massive transportation funding bill approved by a key Senate panel Thursday night.
The measure would also:
-- Ask metro-area voters to vote to boost the region's sales tax by half a cent for highways and mass transit.
-- Block a planned 25-cent fare increase for Metro Transit buses.
-- Grant St. Paul $3 million to purchase Union Depot and redevelop it into a terminal for Amtrak commuter and high-speed trains.
-- Make a down payment on high-speed rail service to Chicago, commuter rail service around the Twin Cities and a bus or …