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Legislative Update - April 8, 2019

Monday, April 8, 2019

Dear Neighbors,
Last week I was visited by some former Mounds View students advocating for the University of Minnesota.

Governor Tim Walz delivered his State of the State Address Wednesday, and I had a guest on the House Floor: my son!

Here’s an update from the Capitol.

House Transportation Budget

Elements of our Minnesota Values Budget emerged last week, including our new transportation budget. Minnesotans everywhere deserve a dependable transportation system with roads, bridges, and transit. Unfortunately, we have a great deal of room for improvement. The American Society of Civil Engineers has rated Minnesota’s roads as “D+” on their most recent infrastructure report card. Bridges received a “C” and transit was awarded a “C-.” This highlights the need for us to deliver a long-term, sustainable transportation solution that works for everyone.
We’re simply not well served by having roads and bridges over 50 years old. As the condition of our infrastructure deteriorates, it puts our safety in jeopardy and only further increases the price tag. Our House Transportation Budget invests nearly $600 million in Fiscal Years 2020-2021 and $1.1 billion in Fiscal Years 2022-23 through constitutionally-dedicated revenue. It also invests an additional $400 million in transit.

Current Projects

A pair of current improvement projects are underway in our region. While these will reduce congestion once they’re complete, they aren’t without some headaches now. On 35-W from County Road C to Lexington Ave., a MinnPass lane is being installed and this will result in some lane closures through this fall. More information is available here. The 694/Rice St. interchange project is underway, too, and this includes a couple of ramp closures. You can learn more here.

Freedom to Drive

On Friday, the House took another significant step toward ensuring safety on Minnesota roads. With a bipartisan vote, we approved HF 1500, a bill to provide a pathway for all Minnesotans to obtain a driver’s license, regardless of immigration status. This measure has drawn a nearly unprecedented coalition of supporters including business groups, law enforcement, agricultural organizations, faith communities, and labor unions.
As a prosecutor, I found the letters of support from law enforcement across the state to be particularly compelling. For example, the Shakopee Police Chief explained, "After passing laws to allow undocumented drivers access to licenses, New Mexico saw its rate of uninsured drivers drop by 24%. Utah saw a similar drop of 20%." Undocumented people drive for the same reasons as the rest of us: to get to work, get kids to school, run errands or get to medical appointments. It only makes sense that these drivers receive the comprehensive road safety training a required by a driver’s license, as well as the ability to obtain auto insurance, which provides protection for everyone on the road.
All driver’s licenses issued under the type will be labeled “not for voting.” Prior to 2003, immigrants were able to get driver’s licenses without fear of deportation until a rule change was made prohibiting this. By passing the “Driver’s Licenses for All” measure, we can improve public safety, grow our economy, and show we value our immigrant communities by treating them with dignity and respect.

Let’s Stay Connected

I am working on many important issues at the Capitol. Often I tweet about them or post them on Facebook. To see the bills I've authored and co-authored, please click here. To follow bills through the legislative process, you can use the MyBills service on the Legislature’s website. Additionally, Session Daily provides regular nonpartisan recaps of legislative activity.
If you have any questions for me or concerns about issues, please feel free to email me or call to schedule a meeting. I also hope to see you at my next "Chat with Kelly" at Shore 96 on April 28.
It’s an honor to represent you at the Capitol.
Kelly Moller
State Representative