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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.

 

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$2Billion in Transportation Project Funding Bills Introduced in 2015-16  

Underscoring the need for additional transportation dollars and the need for work in important transportation corridors, legislators have introduced over 85 bills during the 2016-17 biennium for specific transportation improvements around the state totaling over $2 billion in needed funding.

MnDOT Awards $32M in TED Grants.  

See attached list of TED Grant Projects below.

Lt Gov Tina Smith and MnDOT Commissioner Charlie Zelle announced the projects for the latest round of funding provided under the Transportation Economic Development Program (TED).

The $32 million provided this year in state TED funds will help leverage other federal, state, local, and private funding for a total construction program of $137 million. State funding for the program comes from trunk highway dollars ($29.7 million) and DEED General Obligation Bonds ($2.3 million).

MnDOT and DEED received 22 project proposals to its 2015 solicitation. Eleven proposals came from the Twin Cities metro area and 11 from Greater Minnesota, requesting a total of more than $76 million in funding. Project selection was based on consistency with transportation plans, economic benefits, project financing and project readiness. It’s estimated that the recommended projects will create more than 5,900 jobs in the next five years.

All recommended Twin Cities Metro Area projects also have received federal funds under the Metropolitan Council Regional Solicitation Process. TED dollars are generally the last piece of funding needed to move each of the recommended projects toward letting. Construction lettings are scheduled between 2016 and 2018.

Presentations - Annual Meeting 11/4/15  

Jason O'Rourke,  Director of Policy, Georgia Chamber of Commerce
Andy Burmeister, Federal Relations Specialist, Lockridge, Grindal, Nauen

Federal Transportation Funding Action  

The DRIVE Act
The “Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act,” or DRIVE Act, which was approved July 30 by the U.S. Senate, would reauthorize the federal highway and public transportation programs for a six-year period, fiscal years 2016-21. 

Letter to the Minnesota delegation in the House urging passage of a multi-year transportation act.

ARTBA Analysis of the 2015 Senate Surface Transportation Reauthorization Plan:

The US Senate passed a long-term highway bill.

Agency Requests for Transportation Funding in Capital Bonding Bill  

Legislative Summary - 2015  

Transportation Funding-2015 
The 2015 Session was a huge disappointment for all of us working for a long-term transportation funding bill. The session ended with no action on a tax bill or long-term transportation plan, but with $1 billion of surplus left on the bottom line, Legislative leaders have said that they plan to pass both a tax bill and transportation bill during the 2016 Session.
2015 Legislative Summary
Chapter 75 2015
Transportation - FY 2016-17 Omnibus Conference Agreement