As the clock runs down on the legislative session, today a coalition of Twin Cities and Greater Minnesota community leaders urged the Minnesota Legislature to increase statewide funding for all transportation modes.
The coalition released this statement in response to Governor Dayton’s $6 billion dollar compromise proposals today:
“With the Governor’s proposal, we’re seeing significant movement toward action. We look forward to a counter offer from House leadership. Transportation Forward stands for a deal that includes all constituents. People across the state rely on and choose multiple ways of getting around. We call on the legislature to continue moving toward a compromise that funds all modes, statewide: transit and bike/pedestrian infrastructure along with roads and bridges. In this last week of session, we think Minnesotans want to see more productivity and less partisanship. They want to see the legislature finally get transportation done—and done right,” said Transportation Forward Chair, Dave Van Hattum.
Governor Mark Dayton offered two changes to his transportation funding proposal today. According to the Star Tribune, “Both options add up to annual spending of $600 million over 10 years and include a half-cent metro-area sales tax for transit.”