Walz administration’s proposed budget is a step forward for electric transportation

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Today, Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan released their fiscal year 2020-2021 budget recommendations— and we’re pleased it includes several important steps toward a cleaner, electrified Minnesota. Among the highlights:

  • 20 cent increase in Minnesota’s gas tax
  • 1/8 cent metropolitan regional sales tax for transit, which includes funding for 10 bus rapid transit lines and 150 electric buses
  • $20 million commitment to deploy solar energy on schools
  • $1.5 million for electric vehicle charging infrastructure
  • $5 million to establish a revolving loan fund prioritizing efficiency improvements in state-owned buildings

Fresh Energy is particularly encouraged by the Walz Administration’s focus on electrification through expanding electrified transit as well as charging infrastructure for light-duty electric vehicles. While we need to do much more in order to meet our climate goals, these proposals are an important step in the right direction and we thank Governor Walz for his leadership.

We look forward to working with the Walz Administration and legislators from the House and Senate to further develop these initiatives and deliver a state budget that meets the historic challenge of climate change and the historic opportunity of clean energy and transportation options.

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