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transportation funding

Aug 17, 2015

States raising taxes, fees, debt to pay for road repairs

While Congress remains stalled on a long-term plan for funding highways, state lawmakers and governors aren’t waiting around.

Jul 29, 2015

House votes to provide money for highways, transit

In one of their last decisions before adjourning for a month, the House backed a bill that would extend spending authority for transportation programs through Oct. 29, and replenish the federal Highway Trust Fund with $8 billion.

Jul 23, 2015

U.S. Senate moves forward on highway, transit bill

The U.S. Senate agreed Wednesday to take up a sweeping transportation bill a little over a week before states will face a cutoff of highway and transit aid in the middle of the summer construction season.

May 20, 2015

Chaotic close draws complaints about process

An ambitious legislative agenda unravels as time runs out on the session.

May 15, 2015

Scott County approves sales tax

The board agreed it was better to enact its own sales tax to be used within the county’s borders rather than contribute more to a metro-wide sales tax pool for transit projects.

Mar 6, 2015

Dayton, Senate leaders still back gas tax increase

The governor and Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk are united in calling for new revenue dedicated to transportation and pressing House Republicans to share a “real” plan of their own.

Jan 12, 2015

Senate proposes $800M transportation funding plan

The package is likely to face resistance from House Republicans, who unveiled their own transportation plan last week

Nov 21, 2014

DFLers ‘cautiously optimistic’ for transportation funds

Incoming House Transportation Policy and Finance Committee Chairman, Republican Rep. Tim Kelly, says roads and bridges in greater Minnesota would be a top priority going into the upcoming session.

Jul 3, 2014

Congress spins its wheels on highway funds

The Obama administration is warning states that cutbacks in federal aid will start as soon as the first week in August if lawmakers don’t act on the federal Highway Trust Fund.

May 21, 2014

Good news, bad news for transportation projects

For fans of road and bridge improvements, the 2014 legislative session was sort of like winning the consolation prize instead of the big stuffed animal in the ring-toss game at the State Fair.

May 16, 2014

Strom: What, exactly, was the point?

Government officials’ near maniacal devotion to building rail transit fits into the “cool but pointless” category of public spending

May 14, 2014

Schultz: The legacy of Jim Oberstar

Jim Oberstar’s accomplishments include facilitating hundreds of billions, perhaps more than $1 trillion, in transportation infrastructure funding over the last quarter century.

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