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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.

Special Session Needed for Transportation  

Governor Dayton and legislative leaders should agree on an agenda for a Special Session of the legislature that includes transportation funding, a capitol bonding bill and the omnibus tax bill. Failure to pass the major bills of the session is unacceptable. The legislature has had two full sessions to pass a comprehensive transportation funding bill and all of the options are on the table. It's time for action. Urge the governor and your legislators to work together and pass important infrastructure funding during a Special Session this summer.

Pick up the pace of legislative talks in Minnesota - Editorial Board Star Tribune

Letter from Senator Stumpf and Representative Torkelson - June 14, 2016

Bonding Spreadsheet - June 2016

Transportation Bonding Spreadsheet

FASTAct Presentations  

Presentations from the FAST Act Workshop (See Attachments at Below)

Learn more about the transportation authorization act signed by the President

The FAST Act, signed into law by President Obama, provides 5-years of surface transportation authorization with increased funding levels. More details are available in the documents shown below.

FAST Act Workshop - Messages from Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar

 

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

Dayton's Plan for Transportation Funding  

Today, Governor Dayton and Lt. Governor Smith announced their 10-year plan to address our state's critical transportation needs.

Their plan invests $6 billion in our state highway system, $2.356 billion for city and county roads and bridges, $2.92 billion for transit systems across Minnesota and $75 million in bike and pedestrian infrastructure. You will find more detail about the proposal in the documents posted here.

Governor Dayton's press release

Transportation funding prosposal overview

Transportation funding proposal breakdown

Governor Dayton's 2019 local government snapshot

The Governor’s plan includes the 6.5% gross receipts tax on fuel that the Minnesota Transportation Alliance has been championing over the last two years.  The plan also includes an increase in the metropolitan area sales tax for transit as well as an adjustment in the license tab fees. Funding for Greater Minnesota transit and bike and pedestrian infrastructure would also be increased over the next 10 years.

Presentations - Washington DC Fly-In 2016  

How the FAST Act will be Implemented 
PANEL - June 7, 2016
Crystal Jones, Team Lead, Freight Program Delivery, FHWA
Gerald Solomon, Director, Office of Project Development and Environmental Review, FHWA
Dean Franks, Vice President, Congressional Relations, ARTBA
Eddie Wytkind, Legislative Assistant, Office of Representative Nolan
Jason Frye, Legislative Director, Office of Representative Emmer
Minnesota's Congressional Delegation
Senator Klobuchar
Senator Franken

Compromise to Fix our Roads, Bridges and Transit Systems  

With just seven days remaining in the 2016 Legislative Session, and only six days in which the Legislature is constitutionally authorized to pass bills, Governor Dayton is urging legislators to act quickly to enact a compromise transportation solution.

The Governor’s two proposals include ideas supported and passed by the Minnesota Senate and House of Representatives.