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. 

We are glad to see that the House of Representatives acknowledges the importance of funding local road and bridge improvements, but hope the final bonding bill will include greater transportation investment, across several modes; doing so will promote a more effective transportation system and create jobs.