The historic investment to improve our roads and bridges stands as a major accomplishment this legislative session.
In my last email update I mentioned that $254.4 million in funding from the bonding bill will go toward improving roads, bridges and rail crossings. That is only part of the transportation story.
This biennium’s transportation finance bill also includes $300 million in new funding. The bill provides the largest investment in roads and bridges in a decade, putting billions toward the state’s transportation needs over the next 10 years without raising the gas tax or license tab fees.
This effort is largely supported by legislation I worked on which directs auto and truck repair sales tax revenue (we already pay) toward roads and bridges. Just a few of the key provisions include:
Local counties will see significant increases for county state aid highway funding, including:
As noted above, cities with populations of fewer than 5,000 residents also receive an additional $16 million for road projects. Here are some examples of how this benefits cities in the district over the next two years:
The citizens of Minnesota made it clear they wanted the legislature to make road and bridge funding a priority. The state budget we passed and the governor signed does just that. I am pleased to see that after several years of hard work, we were able to work together with the governor on a long term transportation funding plan.
We continue to try to work with the governor on his recent attempt to extinguish the people’s voice through their elected representatives. Unfortunately, his unprecedented action to defund the operation of the Minnesota House of Representatives and Senate likely will have be resolved in court.