AP: Transportation debate in focus as budget negotiations begin
Minnesota legislators entered private negotiations Monday over how to spend a $900 million budget surplus, turning their focus to transportation in an effort to find a compromise between vastly different funding plans.

Duluth News Tribune: Transportation funding in Minnesota’s legislative headlights
The key to finishing the 2016 Minnesota legislative session remains short of the ignition switch.

Mankato Free Press: Lawmakers: Transportation deal still up in air
End-of-session negotiations between top lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton began this week, but some area lawmakers aren’t sure a compromise on transportation can be reached before a May 23 session deadline.

MPR: Light rail cash in limbo as Minnesota lawmakers talk transit
State lawmakers will soon decide whether the Southwest Corridor light rail project remains on track as they negotiate a larger transportation funding bill in the closing days of the 2016 session.

Pioneer Press: Newport’s transit station to get new neighbors
Newport will look much different in 10 years thanks to a redevelopment plan moving through the Washington County Housing and Redevelopment Authority.

Politics in MN: MN businesses push funding for transit, transportation
Without legislative consensus on how to pay for Minnesota’s future transportation and transit needs, private development and business growth will be stunted, business and government leaders warned Monday at a roundtable.

Star Tribune: Big business joins final push for $1.79B Southwest light-rail funding
The final push is on at the Capitol for state legislators to fund a critical piece of the $1.79 billion Southwest light-rail project, and powerful Twin Cities business interests have now publicly entered the fray.

Star Tribune: Legislators hoping for transportation, public-works bill are on edge
Republican House members facing tough re-election fights have proposed millions of dollars in public-works projects that are putting them at odds with GOP leaders’ efforts to tamp down state spending.

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