Fox 9: Gov. Dayton’s 2 proposals to pay for roads, bridges and transit
Minnesota lawmakers are entering the final week of the session without a compromise on transportation spending, so Gov. Mark Dayton is proposing two options.
MinnPost: Amid legislative standstill over transportation, Dayton steps into new role: dealmaker
After a week of meetings with little movement toward an agreement to close out the 2016 session of the Minnesota Legislature, legislative leaders emerged from closed-door meetings last week looking for help from an unlikely dealmaker: Gov. Mark Dayton.
MPR: Feds release final environmental review of Southwest light rail
Plans for the Southwest Corridor light rail project have passed another milestone: The Federal Transit Authority has published the 17,000-page final environmental impact statement for the proposed Minneapolis-to-Eden Prairie line.
MPR: Dayton makes two offers on transportation funding
Gov. Mark Dayton released two funding proposals Monday to try to break an impasse with House Republicans over a transportation bill.
MPR: Transportation funding key to getting deal at the Capitol
It’s the final week of the 2016 legislative session and nobody knows for sure if any of the big issues will get resolved.
MPR: House GOP delivers gas tax ultimatum
Minnesota House Republicans are making it clear that they won’t support a gas tax increase as part of a transportation funding bill.
Pioneer Press: Met Council changes could make or break Minnesota transportation deal
Minnesota lawmakers have been debating changes to the Metropolitan Council ever since they created it in 1967.
Pioneer Press: Mark Dayton to devise own transportation plan to break impasse
Gov. Mark Dayton will develop a new transportation plan with significant concessions this weekend, days after legislative talks on the issue ground to a halt.
Star Tribune: The Drive: It’s Minneapolis Bike Week
Remember the 1970s commercials for Alka-Seltzer? You know, the ones that ended with the tagline “Try it, you’ll like it.” The folks putting on Minneapolis Bike Week just might want to borrow it.
Star Tribune: Southwest light-rail report outlines noise, visual impact in Chain of Lakes corridor
A highly anticipated environmental report on the proposed Southwest light-rail line, released Friday, concluded that the project would change the character of a portion of Minneapolis’ Chain of Lakes — but that steps would be taken to dampen the impact.
Star Tribune: Transit planners regrouping on Gold Line busway after taking hits
Transit planners are regrouping on plans for a Gold Line busway, after citizen blowback in Oakdale and Lake Elmo’s decision to withdraw altogether.
Star Tribune: Gov. Dayton unveils two $6-billion options for transportation funding
Hoping to end a legislative stalemate, Gov. Mark Dayton on Monday offered House Republicans two options to fund fixes and improvements to Minnesota’s roads and bridges, including one that forgoes a gas tax increase but instead calls for a steep hike in vehicle license tab fees.
Commentary, Star Tribune: Gas tax? User fee? The name could make all the difference
Maybe it’s the name. Rather than squabbling over whether to raise the gas tax for the sake of state roads and bridges, maybe the Legislature should consider enacting a “highway improvement user fee.”
Editorial, Duluth News Tribune: Our View: Getting antsy for a transportation bill
With so much wailing over so little getting done in St. Paul, over the very real prospect of no transportation bill and no bonding bill even though this is a bonding-bill year, and over the seemingly increasing likelihood of a do-nothing 2016 Legislature, Minnesota Chamber President Doug Loon is a welcome break in the clouds.
Editorial, Star Tribune: Keep the Twin Cities rolling with a transit build-out
A fruitful conclusion to the 2016 legislative session is not yet in sight. But the path to one is becoming clear: The fate of four major bills — bonding, budget, taxes and transportation — hinges on achieving a bipartisan accord on transportation.