The Local Options for Transportation Funding Sources for Minnesota Counties is an examination of the local option wheelage tax, the sales tax, the vehicle excise tax and the aggregate tax. The Transportation Alliance and other transportation advocate push for expansion of the authority to all 87 counties.
The Transportation Alliance worked with stakeholders, including MnDOT and the Metropolitan Council, to develop these recommendations for the reauthorization of the FAST Act which expires in 2020. Our recommendations focus on the unmet needs in Minnesota and urge Congress to fix the federal Highway Trust Fund and improve transportation policies to enhance Minnesota’s ability to access federal funds and develop transportation projects quickly and efficiently.
Current funding for the maintenance and construction of Minnesota's roads, bridges, transit systems and other modes is insufficient to address the state's growing mobility and safety needs. Several state agencies maintain and analyze transportation finance data for the purpose of developing projections for various transportation funding options. Legislative staff also provide useful analysis on transportation funding trends. In this report, we hope to provide a one-stop source for the latest estimates of funding options that are or could be under consideration by state policy makers.
The Major Highway Projects, Trunk Highway Fund Expenditures and Efficiencies report, MHPR, provides a snapshot of MnDOT’s programming and delivery for all large construction projects meeting the cost thresholds laid out in statute. The scope of the report and the information it contains are meant to inform the reader about MnDOT’s business planning, building, operating and maintaining Minnesota’s transportation system.
MnDOT Highway Project Selection: Evaluation Report - March 2016
In April 2015, the Legislative Audit Commission directed the Office of the Legislative Auditor to evaluate the process by which MnDOT selects construction projects on the bridges and highways under its jurisdiction.
New Local Cost Participation Policy - February 2016
On February 19, 2016 the Governance Council approved the Cost Participation Policy and Manual.
Report on Dedicated Fund Expenditures - January 2016
This report lists detailed expenditures and transfers from the trunk highway fund and highway user tax distribution fund for fiscal years 2010 through 2015, and includes information on the purpose of each expenditure.
The report makes the case for the direct impact that the quality of the state’s transportation system has on the state’s economy and the business community. (Press Release)
These documents provide basic background information on how transportation is funded currently as well as options for increasing funding.