ST. PAUL, Minn – The Minnesota Legislature approved a new transportation budget late Friday night during the 2019 Special Session.
“Sustainable, dedicated, and long-term revenue is needed to build a transportation system that’s modern and not over 50 years old,” said Sen. Scott Dibble (DFL – Minneapolis), DFL Lead of the Senate Transportation Committee. “The Senate Republicans keep blocking this much needed funding to bring our state into the 21st century for transportation projects.”
“The need for additional transportation resources is clear. Overlooking our state’s transportation needs will have long-term consequences for our economy, growing workforce, and public safety. Without additional investment, our aging system will continue to crumble and pose risk to commuters in every corner of our state. Minnesotans deserve access to safe, reliable, and improved roads.”
As a result of Republicans blocking proposals to raise new funding, Minnesota’s infrastructure continues to deteriorate. The American Society of Civil Engineers rated Minnesota’s roads a D+, bridges received a C, and transit was awarded a C-.
This budget fails to adequately support our statewide transportation system. Approximately 50% of Minnesota roads are at least 50 years old and are decaying rapidly. To make matters worse, Minnesota faces a $6 billion-dollar gap in funding for critical infrastructure projects over the next decade. Taxpaying Minnesotans should not have to wait for basic government functions – enhancing public safety and improving roads and bridges across our state.