Excellent piece by Mike Kaszuba in the Star Tribune on the behind the scene dealings that went into securing Republican Rod Hamilton’s vote for the Transportation Bill. It also makes note of Democrat-Farmer-Labor Rep. Bernie Lieder’s sanding off the truth when it comes to “earmarks.”

I definitely don’t like earmarks, that’s correct,” Lieder said. “This is kind of a general, if you want to call it, I suppose, a general earmark.” But because Hwy. 60 was never specifically named in the legislation, Lieder said, it was not technically an earmark.

The Minnesota Free Market Institute’s Craig Westover notes that earmarks aren’t the only way that Lieder is hedging on promises made to pass the $6.6 billion dollar tax increase nee “Transportation Bill.”