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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

Safety Event  

A Safety Awareness Event held April 19 focused on the critical need for Minnesota to Invest in Transportation Infrastructure to Improve Safety -NOW

The event featured traffic cones placed on the front steps of the State Capitol Building, each representing a fatality that occurred on Minnesota Roadways in 2015.

April was Distracted Driving Awareness Month as well as National Work Zone Awareness Week

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2017 Session Preview  

Get a preview of federal and state transportation funding legislation by viewing our 2017 Session Preview.

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.

Safety Event Photos  

A Safety Awareness Event held April 19 focused on the need for Minnesota to Invest in Transportation Infrastructure to Improve Safety -NOW

The event featured traffic cones placed on the front steps of the State Capitol Building, each representing a fatality that occurred on Minnesota Roadways in 2015.

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

Agency Requests for Transportation Funding in Capital Bonding Bill  

A Strong Coalition  

A strong Coalition of diverse organizations has been the key to increasing investments in transportation including passage of a constitutional amendment in 2006 to dedicate all of the motor vehicle sales tax revenue to transportation and enactment of a transportation funding package in 2008.

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