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GOP Transportation Bill a Giant Pothole on the Road to Recovery

Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Saint Paul, Minnesota – The House Transportation committee voted last night for significant cuts as part of their omnibus transportation proposal. State Rep. Frank Hornstein (DFL – Minneapolis) DFL lead on House Transportation Policy and Finance, said the bill sets the wrong priorities for Minnesota’s future. “This bill is a giant pothole in the road to recovery," said Hornstein. “It includes job killing cuts that will cause more congestion in the metro area and fewer transit services across the state for seniors and people with disabilities.” Statewide transit is slashed significantly in the bill. Hornstein said that level of cut would have a significant impact on access to things like dial-a-ride programs that serve Minnesota seniors. “Seniors on fixed incomes depend on affordable transit services and these cuts reduce access,” said Hornstein. “This is the pattern we have seen with the GOP budget proposals. They squeeze seniors and middle class families while protecting the wealthiest Minnesotans from any sacrifice.” Hornstein added that the transportation proposal included no real reforms, only cuts that make it harder for Minnesota to move forward with a 21st century transportation system. “Over the last few years following the historic override of Governor Pawlenty’s transportation veto we have reinvested in our state’s transportations infrastructure,” said Hornstein. “This bill is a significant step back from the progress we have made.” -30-