Transportation conference committee stalled
The Transportation Conference Committee met three times this week but has failed to reach an agreement to adequately fund Minnesota’s roads, bridges, and transit system. The House DFL proposal provides a comprehensive funding package to fund our transportation for decades to come, while the Senate Republican proposal is a bare-bones plan that will result in more potholes, congestion, and wasted time for Minnesotans.
Senate Republicans refuse to acknowledge the need for additional investments in Minnesota’s roads through the gas tax, vehicle tabs, and motor vehicle sales tax. They also ignore the need to maintain and grow the state’s transit system through a metro-wide sales tax. These revenue streams are critical to fully funding Minnesota’s transportation system, and in the case of the gas tax, the revenues are constitutionally dedicated to financing road and bridge construction and maintenance. (HF 1555)