Backers of state legislation that would allow cities to collect street fees call it an intuitive way to pay for long-term maintenance. Opponents call it a poorly disguised tax hike.
A week after the Senate Transportation Committee tabled its budget bill due to lack of support, the committee on Wednesday evening passed a bill that increases funding for highways and transit. The bill reduces the gas tax by 6 cents per gallon and increases the sales tax on gas at the wholesale level by 5.5 percent.
A bill supported by Minnesota auto dealers that would essentially prevent electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors from selling directly to Minnesota consumers failed in the Senate Transportation Committee.
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The path through any budget session leads to a negotiating table at which the governor and legislative leaders work out the most politically palatable taxing and spending deal they can muster. But the budget is never the only game in town. Before the session endgame gets played out, a network of committees will play host to various and sundry dramas involving policy issues before state government.[...]
Gov. Mark Dayton has tapped Minneapolis business leader Charlie Zelle as the next commissioner of the state Department of Transportation.
As the House Transportation Policy and Finance Committee creates its omnibus bill, a turf war over transit systems is playing out among suburban and urban legislators.
The Republican transportation chairs in the state House and Senate plan to charge into the 2012 legislative session with the beginnings of an effort to take away the Metropolitan Council’s traditional role in overseeing transit.
Gov. Mark Dayton plans to travel across the state this week to show Minnesotans his “continued efforts to find compromise” to break the budget impasse and stop what has become the longest government shutdown in state history.
The House passed HF 1140, the transportation finance conference report, on a 71-61 vote in the early minutes of Thursday morning.
DFL Gov. Mark Dayton said that it is a "fantasy island" scenario for Republicans to believe that the state will receive a waiver from the federal government in time for the start of the next biennium in July.
Gov. Mark Dayton has named Dan Boivin as chairman of the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC).
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