ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Senate Transportation Budget article passed on Thursday makes a commitment to public safety and opens the door to long-term, sustainable transportation funding for Minnesota. The initiatives in the bill work to make Minnesotans safer from trains carrying hazardous substances, and supports the state’s first responders in emergency preparedness. The new funding also provides a critical investment for the State Patrol so they can continue to train the best law enforcement professionals in the state.
“Public safety is a major priority for me and my colleagues in the Senate. As we look to the increasing volume of trains carrying oil and other hazardous substances on our rail network, we must make every effort to increase the safety of the public and in supporting our first responders. We must also provide the resources our State Patrol needs to ensure they can continue to provide the phenomenal service they are known for across Minnesota,” said Sen. Metzen.
This new funding is only a small part of the Senate’s commitment to transportation for 2016. A comprehensive transportation funding bill remains a priority for Senate Democrats, which would provide a strong investment in the state’s roads and bridges, as well as the growing transit needs across the state. Only a long-term approach with stable and consistent funding can provide the resources needed for the state’s transportation network.
“I am committed to passing a responsible, long-term transportation funding that can deliver the transportation network every Minnesotans expects and deserves. I look forward to working with my colleagues to getting this important work done,” added Sen. Metzen.
The Conference Committee for H.F. 4, the Senate’s comprehensive transportation funding bill remains open, and will be meeting throughout the rest of the legislative session.