House, Senate release transportation proposals
We are only one week into the session, but transportation is already emerging as one the top issues legislators plan to tackle this year. Within the last few days, both the Minnesota House and Senate have released transportation proposals, and Gov. Dayton is expected to come out with his own plan soon. The Senate plan calls for $800 million in transportation funding in 2016, which increases to $1.125 billion by 2019, while the House proposal seeks $750 million over four years. You can read more details about the different plans, including funding sources, in this MinnPost article.
It’s clear that transportation improvements are needed throughout the state. The GMNP’s top transportation priority is obtaining funding for the Corridors of Commerce program, which aims to remove bottlenecks and increasing capacity on the state’s highways. We will keep you posted as the transportation discussion continues.