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2017 Washington DC Fly-in Photos  

46th Annual Washington, DC Fly-In

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2017 Legislative Session Summary  

2017 Legislative Session Summary

Transportation Bill, Bonding Bill Finally Passed!

After years of advocating and campaigninig for a long-term,comprehensive transportation funding bill, we finally have a bill passed that makes progress in addressing the $600M per year shortfall for roads and bridges in the state.

The Capital Bonding bill contains more money for transportation than we have seen previously. After many years of lobbying to have consistent funding at higher levels for the Local Road Improvement Program and Local Bridge program, this year’s bill provides almost $116 million for LRIP and $49 million for local bridges. The transportation bill contains another $25 million for local bridges for a total of $74 million for local bridges. The bonding bill also provides funding for two transitways.

Although it took an extra four-day special session to get their work done, legislators were able to work with the governor to pass a two-year budget and avoid a government shutdown. For transportation, we don’t have to worry about a special session occurring in June or July – they are done until February 20, 2018

What will come of Trump’s infrastructure plan?  

President Donald Trump’s infrastructure plan gives high-hopes to many around the United States. President Donald Trump’s plan will not only improve bridges, tunnels, and roads around the country but also water mains, dams, airports and more.

In CNBC’s article “Trump’s jobs plan may create better-paying jobs than we’re used to” by Evelyn Cheng, she says “the American Society of Civil Engineers gave U.S. infrastructure a near failing grade of D+ in its 2017 "infrastructure report card."” Many Americans are acknowledging the fact that it is due time to give our country’s infrastructure an upgrade.

Even though Trump’s $1 trillion plan looks great for our country, where is the source of the funding? Not all the funding can be provided by private investments. According to Fox Business in their article “Could hike in gas tax be needed to pay for Trump Infrastructure Plan?” by Matthew Wisner, “President Trump's ambitious plan to invest up to $1 trillion in infrastructure projects has raised questions about how the White House intends to pay for it. One idea--an increase in the gas tax--has met with resistance in Washington.” Is this possible? Could America see the first increase in gas tax in over 20 years?

How can you change the future of transportation?  

Transportation in Minnesota is undoubtedly in an age of immense traffic increase. Like much of the rest of the world, vehicles are a must in this 21st century United States culture. What once had only 10 vehicles traveling daily, now has 1,000 vehicles traveling. And what once had only 140 vehicles traveling daily, now has 140,000 vehicles traveling.

Often people do not realize the crucial need to continuously develop and improve our road systems. How can you as a citizen, of not only the United States, but the state of Minnesota, help improve and change the future of Minnesota transportation?

Capitol Day Photos and Presentations  

2017 Session Preview  

Get a preview of federal and state transportation funding legislation by viewing our 2017 Session Preview.

Election Analysis 2016-Transportation  

2016 Election Analysis of Transportation Policy and Funding Initiatives

2016 Election Overview

The outcome of the 2016 elections has definitely altered the landscape for transportation policy and funding initiatives. From the Presidency down to state legislative races, we face a new legislative dynamic and many new faces.

What hasn’t changed: the huge need for resources to increase the nation’s and the state’s investment in the transportation system and bipartisan agreement on that fact. Prior to the outcome of Tuesday’s election we were hearing from candidates on both sides of the aisle that increasing investments in infrastructure was an area of agreement. Candidates for Minnesota’s legislature brought up the need for a comprehensive, long-term transportation funding package over and over again in news stories, candidate profiles and candidate forums. We were hearing more from candidates about transportation than we have in previous election cycles. Voters in other states, made their voices heard by approving ballot initiatives in 22 states that increased and stabilized funding for transportation.

Business Support for Transportation  

Six business organizations, including the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce,
Greater Mankato Growth and St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, publicly called on
legislators to fix transportation this year with new revenue.

Business Support for Transportation