Minn. Lawmakers Debate Ban On Cell Phones While DrivingThe ban would include texting or talking on a handheld phone, but would allow hands-free devices.
Officials Say Rail Safety Has Improved, Though Some Are Still SkepticalRailroad officials in Minnesota told state lawmakers today they significantly improved their safety records in 2015.
MPCA Citizens' Board Holds Last Meeting, Supporters Vow To FightJust two weeks after it was abolished by the Minnesota Legislature, an influential environmental citizen's board held its last meeting on Tuesday.
Minnesota House Passes GOP Funding Plan For Road FixesA 10-year, $7 billion plan for Minnesota road-and-bridge construction has the GOP-led House on a different course than Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton for solving a top issue for both parties this legislative session.
Republican Lawmakers Respond To Governor's Pay HikesMinnesota Republican leaders today ramped up their criticism of Gov. Mark Dayton's hefty pay hikes for his Cabinet. The Democratic governor issued a letter to the legislature, calling the pay hikes "necessary" and "legal."
Lawmakers Call Congested Freight Rails A 'Growing Crisis'Minnesota lawmakers are turning up the heat on the state’s major railroads to do something to alleviate congestion that's costing the state millions of dollars.
New Tool Aims To Prevent Future Train Derailments Like an accordion of massive steel boxes, 15 empty freight cars lay piled Friday along a stretch of Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad track. It’s BNSF’s mainline to the west coast, and it averages about 56 trains a day. Roughly twenty percent of that traffic is made up of the long tanker cars hauling heavy crude oil from North Dakota.
Group Wants $750M A Year For Minn. Roads, Transit A large coalition of transportation, business and labor interests called Tuesday for a new 5 percent sales tax on fuel in Minnesota to help raise money for roads and transit projects.
Minn. House Dems To Live Week On Minimum WageAs Minnesota's legislative session nears, one of the state's minimum-wage champions has issued a challenge. Five House colleagues accepted Golden Valley Democrat Rep. Ryan Winkler's invitation Tuesday to live for a week on the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.
Lawmakers Seek To Ban Cell Phone Use In Construction ZonesMinnesota drivers using cell phones are distracted, and sometimes deadly. Craig Carlson and Ron Rajkowski were killed in 2011 by a distracted driver in a construction zone who was traveling at a high speed. Carlson's widow, Deb Carlson of Ramsey, says her husband was killed in an instant. "[The] car that was traveling at 70 miles per hour," Carlson said.
DFL Leaders Eye Gas Tax Hike, Other Transportation TaxesDemocratic lawmakers who lead House transportation panels are seeking a menu of transportation tax and fee hikes including a five-cent increase in the state gas tax.