Minnesota

2015 - A Critical Year for Transportation  

Transportation, not environment, tops Inhofe's priorities for 2015  Tulsa World

“Transportation and infrastructure are going to be the first thing out of the chute,” he says.
If there is one thing Inhofe cares about more than environmental regulation, it’s transportation. 

For years he has fumed about Congress’ inability to pass a long-term surface transportation bill.
In many cases, fellow Republicans have held up the transportation bill because of the cost. 

Inhofe says the “true conservative” position is to properly fund and maintain the system.

Dayton's to-do list: Transportation, education take priority  Pioneer Press

Gov. Mark Dayton is preparing to go all in on a highway-and-transit upgrade package that could cost drivers a dime or more extra on a gallon of gas and metro shoppers a nickel more on every $10 taxable purchase, a trade-off the Democrat described Monday as vital to a transportation network he sees as choked and crumbling.

Dayton said his formal proposal is still being refined, but he called it one of his top two agenda items for the upcoming legislative session.

As Dayton spoke, he drew a cheat sheet from his pocket with calculations about various funding mechanisms, including a new wholesale tax on gas that is emerging as the cornerstone of his plan.

Higher Minnesota taxes? State legislators undecided  InForum

Job Creation and Transportation Infrastructure  

A press conference highlighting the connections between investment in transportation infrastructure and job creation was held Monday, October 24. This conference was held in anticipation of Governor Dayton's 2011 Job Summit that will be discussing Minnesota's economic growth and job creation strategies. Monday's press conference focused on the ability of transportation projects to get people working on the transportation system businesses need to move people and products, featuring the Minnesota Transportation Alliance's Roadmap to 2040.

Below are some articles detailing the press conference:

"It’s jobs, jobs, jobs at the Capitol," The Daily Globe

"Jobs summit in St. Paul seeks common ground on growth," The Pioneer Press

 "Senate GOP seeks business tax cuts, regulation moratorium," The Star Tribune

Press Release by The MN Transportation Alliance: Business and Community Leaders Encourage Transportation to Play a Significant Role in Minnesota’s Jobs Creation Plan