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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

 

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