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MAP-21: A Real Victory for the Transportation Community  

The passage of MAP-21: Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21stCentury represents a real victory for the transportation community despite its numerous shortcomings.  While the serious challenge of how to stabilize and increase funding into the Highway Trust Fund remains, the fact that a new transportation authorization act was finally passed and signed into law during a major election year after years of delay is significant. 

Here’s why transportation advocates should take heart:

  • The transportation bill was viewed and reported in the media as a “jobs bill.”  This legislation was considered a genuine vehicle for creating and maintaining thousands of well-paying jobs in the construction industry and therefore an accomplishment that could be taken home just prior to the election.  With the continued sluggishness of the economic recovery, solidifying the role of transportation investments as a vehicle for job creation is important.

 

  • The final vote showed strong, bi-partisan support for the bill.  Notwithstanding the fact that the bill also included a fix for the student loan interest rate problem and the reauthorization of flood insurance, the strong vote in the Senate for the original MAP-21 and the strong vote on the final bill demonstrate the need for transportation projects all over the country.  Every state faces serious funding shortfalls for transportation infrastructure and every member of Congress knows of projects that need to get done.

 

Kicking the can down the road hurts Minnesota  

This article was originally written by Margaret Donahoe for Finance & Commerce, a business and finance journal published out of Minneapolis, and can be found on their website here.

 

Congress has a handful of days to agree on a new transportation authorization act before June 30, the deadline for when the authority to collect the federal fuel tax — and the ability of states to receive federal transportation dollars — comes to a halt.

Open letter to MN delegation  

Open letter to our  Minnesota Congressional Delegation regarding the need to pass a transportation bill.

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Senate conferees named  

Senate conference committee members named

View the list here

House releases $280M bonding bill  


2012 House Bonding Bill Recommendations


The Minnesota House of Representatives is set to unveil its $280 million bonding bill tomorrow afternoon. The proposed bill is nearly $500 million less than that released by Gov. Dayton.

The House version recommends much-needed funding for repairs to local bridges ($20 million) and roads ($10 million) across the state, but lacks significant funding for transit, rail, airport  and port projects. The Southwest Corridor LRT project, slated for $25 million under Gov. Dayton's proposal, was not included. 

Transportation Day Handouts  

Download Transportation Day handouts here

Come to the Capitol Feb 23  

Transportation Day is Feb 23 details here

Job Creation and Transportation Infrastructure  

A press conference highlighting the connections between investment in transportation infrastructure and job creation was held Monday, October 24. This conference was held in anticipation of Governor Dayton's 2011 Job Summit that will be discussing Minnesota's economic growth and job creation strategies. Monday's press conference focused on the ability of transportation projects to get people working on the transportation system businesses need to move people and products, featuring the Minnesota Transportation Alliance's Roadmap to 2040.

Below are some articles detailing the press conference:

"It’s jobs, jobs, jobs at the Capitol," The Daily Globe

"Jobs summit in St. Paul seeks common ground on growth," The Pioneer Press

 "Senate GOP seeks business tax cuts, regulation moratorium," The Star Tribune

Press Release by The MN Transportation Alliance: Business and Community Leaders Encourage Transportation to Play a Significant Role in Minnesota’s Jobs Creation Plan