Gov shutdown info

Gov shutdown info

Transportation and the shutdown

Though legislators and the governor have reached agreements on broad parameters of a budget plan, no special session has been called as of Tuesday, July 19th.  Agreement has been reached for the transportation budget bill, and progress is being made on other sections of the budget.  We anticipate a special session to be called later this week to solve the shutdown.  Legislators spent the weekend in closed door meetings in hopes of having a budget ready, but are still working out the details.  Gov. Dayton, House Speaker Kurt Zellers and Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch released a joint statement Sunday saying “considerable progress has been made.”  With the shutdown continuing, state workers are still out of a job, and construction projects are temporarily suspended.

The transportation and public safety bills have been passed and can be found here or download a summary of highlights here.

Use this District Finder if you are not sure who your local legislators are. 

To contact Governor Dayton, click here

MnDOT highway projects that were active as of June 30, 2011 have been shut down. Counties and cities are dealing with state aid and federal aid road and bridge projects on a case-by-case basis. 

The Metropolitan Council continues to operate bus and rail transit service in the seven-county metropolitan area but may be forced to end service if the shutdown drags on.  In Greater Minnesota, most local transit systems are operating and can continue to provide service through most of July.  A couple of systems are no longer operating.

Listed below you will find documents related to the government shutdown including petitions filed with the court, documents related to budget negotiations and information regarding local highway and bridge projects.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.  If we don’t have the answer right away, we’ll do our best to find it for you.  The situation is fluid, so please check back frequently.

Margaret Donahoe
Executive Director
MN Transportation Alliance

Transportation Budget Bills Summary  


Budget Negotiations


Governor July 6th Offer 

Governor July 14th Offer


Court Filings
  Ruling by Judge Gearin listing critical government services, appointing a Special Master and determining which petitioners are recognized to intervene.
  Governor response to AG petition
  SCRT Recommended Statewide Objectives
  SCRT Recommended Priority One and Priority Two Critical Services
  Letter from The MN Transportation Alliance to Judge Gearin
  Letter from AGC to Judge Gearin

Petition by AGC for friend-of-the-court standing

Transportation Committees Correspondence

Local Gov Info
  AMC key considerations for county boards wrt county transportation projects
  Local agency risk assessment guidance
  Svensson memo to contractors regarding suspension
  Skallman memo to county, city, and district state aid engineers, fed aid contract holders

Skallman memo clarifying ROW

MN DOT letter