Representative Frank Hornstein and Senator Scott Dibble Statement on the Office of the Legislative Auditor Presentation on Southwest Light Rail Transit

ST. PAUL, Minn. — On Wednesday, the Legislative Audit Commission heard a presentation of findings from the Office of the Legislative Auditor on the Southwest Light Rail Transit Construction: Metropolitan Council Decision Making. The presentation revealed that from the time construction commenced to current day, the project has increased by 38% and delayed by several years, a sign of a troubled project.

Senator Dibble responds to the omnibus transportation budget bill

“This transportation budget remains full of shifts and gimmicks from the Senate Republicans even though my colleagues and I tried to amend it into a budget that would benefit the state of Minnesota,” said Senator Scott Dibble (DFL-Minneapolis), DFL Lead of the Transportation Committee. “Transportation is about people accessing opportunities and our economy’s ability to create prosperity. Siphoning general fund resources away from public education, from health care for seniors and the disabled, from property tax relief is irresponsible. Gutting support for transit will profoundly disrupt lives. Unlike other budget areas, transportation has constitutionally dedicated fund streams (that aren’t keeping up) and should be reformed instead of depending on unsustainable shifts.”

Sen. Frentz and Sen. Dahms author bipartisan legislation with solution to fund Hwy. 14 safety improvements

Chief Author Senator Nick Frentz (DFL-North Mankato) and Co-author Senator Gary Dahms (R-Redwood Falls) are pleased their bipartisan legislation, S.F. 3878, to finish Highway 14 upgrades and safety improvements passed out of the Senate Transportation Finance and Policy committee today. The proposal would allow for four lanes of travel to be built on Highway 14 from Nicollet to New Ulm.