Minnesota’s legislative session began on February 25, and it started off quickly for transportation. Senator Scott Dibble (DFL – 61) and Representative Frank Hornstein (DFL – 61A) have already introduced two identical bills (SF 2107 and HF 2395) that provide long-term investment in Minnesota’s transportation system—including roads, bridges, transit, biking, and walking. The bills model a funding proposal put forward by Fresh Energy’s Move MN allies, more than 150 groups dedicated to making transportation a priority in 2014.
Minnesota has a serious transportation problem. The cost of maintaining Minnesota’s current system is increasing faster than available funding, reducing travel options and making it difficult for Minnesotans to get where they need to go. Our current transportation system drastically limits Minnesota’s full economic potential.
Transportation is key to creating opportunities for families and businesses across Minnesota. Without immediate action, Minnesota will lose its best talent, our businesses will experience higher costs, and we’ll fall further behind. Each year that we delay, the cost to taxpayers increases.
By 2030, Minnesota is expected to add more than 350,000 new jobs—and the population is expected to grow by nearly one million people. An improved transportation system will generate new economic development opportunities throughout the state. We need to improve highways and roads, replace deficient bridges, and build regional transit systems in order to keep Minnesota economically competitive. Expanding access to safe and convenient bicycling and walking options will also help improve Minnesotans’ health.
If passed, SF 2107 and HF 2395 would generate approximately $700 million a year in additional transportation funding from new taxes. This revenue would be split nearly evenly between funding for roads and bridges and funding for transit. Hearings for the bill will be scheduled soon.
On March 13, you have a chance to make your voice heard on the transportation issues that matter to you. Attend a rally at the Capitol and encourage legislators to pass a comprehensive transportation funding package this year!
Thursday, March 13, 2014 | Meet at 4:00PM | Rally starts at 4:15PM
State Capitol Rotunda
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
St. Paul, Minnesota 55103
This is a free event but registration is required. Register here.