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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

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

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.

 

$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.

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