MN Transportation Funding Stagnant 11 Apr 13

The head of the Minnesota Senate Transportation Finance Committee does not expect to see a major infusion of money for roads, bridges and mass transit to come together this year. Senator Scott Dibble says he’s looking at a status quo year for transportation funding after entering the legislative session with high hopes. Dibble says transportation advocates should regroup and make a hard push next year. A transportation package that was being heard Wednesday did not include a higher metropolitan area sales tax that was to pay for substantial new transit options. Nor was there a gas tax increase to fund road and bridge projects, such as the expansion of Highway 14. Dibble says he’s resorting to a barebones bill after Governor Dayton declared firm opposition to a gas tax hike.