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

Roadmap to 2040  

Long-range transportation plan

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End of the Gas Tax?  


   As the country once again faces a deadline with respect to authorization for federal surface transportation funding of September 30th, some interests are advocating that the authority to collect the 18.4 cent per gallon federal fuel tax (and other fees that are deposited in the Highway Trust Fund) be allowed to expire.  An expiration of this authority will cost the country’s transportation system about $100 million per day.  Clearly any failure to extend SAFETE-LU will be disastrous for Minnesota.  

Fortunately, Grover Norquist announced today that he does not view an extension of the existing gas tax as a tax increase or breaking the anti-tax pledge. See story here

We hope the issue of extending the current federal gas tax will not be controversial. This editorial from the New York Times sums up the situation well: