Republican transportation proposal falls short

Senate Republicans included a transportation funding proposal in their top five priorities. Their bill makes major changes to the way Minnesota funds its transportation without fully addressing our state’s growing needs. The bill shifts about $400 million every year away from the state’s General Fund, which is used to fund Minnesota’s schools and take care of our most vulnerable populations.

This bill falls short on addressing many of the DFL’s top priorities: it does not fully fund the maintenance and repair costs of our existing roads and bridges, nor does it include any transit funding for rural Minnesota or the metro. In addition, none of the funds are constitutionally dedicated, which means any future legislature in an economic downturn could redirect the funding away from transportation. (S.F. 2)

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