St. Paul, MN – Today, opponents of the Senate’s Transportation Finance Bill released a study, commissioned by the MN Chamber of Commerce and other business interests, attempting to cast doubts on the findings of the Transportation Finance Advisory Council’s (TFAC) 2012 Report. Senate Transportation and Public Safety Committee Chair Sen. Scott Dibble (DFL-Minneapolis) released the following statement in response to this study.
“While this ‘report’ may be what opponents of a comprehensive transportation bill want to hear – which is convenient considering they’re funding the study – it’s not the reality that Minnesotans across the state face every day when they travel on our aging, underfunded transportation network. There is no doubt in the minds of average Minnesotans that our transportation network needs a comprehensive funding plan that addresses every corner of the state.
The Transportation Finance Advisory Committee (TFAC) Report, released in 2012, outlines in specific dollars, the needs across the state to support a strong and competitive transportation network. This report included input and expertise from business leaders, the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, county officials, members of the legislature from both parties, and MnDOT officials. The results of the report were clear then and are clear now.
We cannot afford delaying a transportation funding package that delivers on the 21st transportation network Minnesotans deserve: we all expect a transportation network that can deliver on the needs of a growing state that is safe, efficient, and can serve every member of our communities. This is the vision of the transportation finance bill we will consider and pass on Monday.”
For more information about this or any legislation, please contact Sen. Scott Dibble by phone (651) 296-4191 or reach him by e-mail at tinyurl.com/SenatorDibbleEmail.