The Democratic governor has already vetoed a public school funding bill he deems insufficient. He’s also weighing calls to veto budgets that fund environment and agricultural programs, state government agencies and a jobs and energy bill.
One thing that did not get done this year’s Minnesota legislative session is a transportation bill. The failure to fund those fixes pushed a statewide coalition of more than 200 businesses and organizations to act.
As Minnesota lawmakers scrambled Sunday to piece together the state’s next budget before a fast-approaching deadline, the impact of the roughly $41.5 billion package on the states’ residents started coming into focus.
Already gazing ahead to next year, Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Daudt is indicating time has run out on a transportation and tax-cut deal for the 2015 session.
Minnesota budget negotiations entered a holding pattern Tuesday, with each side urging the other to take the first step to bridge an enormous divide over tax cuts and transportation funding that has narrowed little through days of private meetings.
While Gov. Mark Dayton, Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk and Speaker of the House Kurt Daudt proved they could fish together during the weekend opener, it remains to be seen if they can agree on a budget deal.
When the Minnesota Vikings had a dome over their heads, it was commotion on ten Sundays a year. And when the new Vikings Stadium opens its doors, it will likely be a repeat. Metro Transit officials asked for a bridge to connect the crowd to the far side of the light rail track.
A 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.
The House plan to spend billions more on Minnesota road-and-bridge construction over the coming decade is moving forward.
On Thursday night, Gov. Mark Dayton is slated to deliver his annual State of the State address, the fifth speech of its kind for the two-term Democratic governor.
Millions of drivers use metro freeways in Minneapolis and St. Paul every day to get to and from work, run errands or just shuttle around. In fact, MnDOT says the Interstate 35W/Interstate 94 interchange can see up to 180,000 people a day.
Minnesota’s cash grant for low-income families could increase for the first time in nearly 30 years. A family of three receives about $532 per month. Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and some lawmakers in both parties want to increase the grants by $100 to help the nearly 33,000 families in the program deal with rising housing and transportation costs.
State lawmakers will have a lot of ground to cover when they return from Easter break. Along with the first $40 billion budget in Minnesota history, a long term transportation plan is also getting a lot of attention. House Majority Leader Joyce Peppin joined the WCCO Sunday Morning show to talk about what’s ahead at the Capitol.
Gov. Mark Dayton says he considers a $7 billion Republican plan for road construction a step forward in terms of scope, but he’s less enthusiastic about how it would be paid for. Dayton reacted Monday to the GOP’s legislative alternative to his multi-billion dollar transportation proposal.
Minnesota House and Senate Republicans are ready to release a transportation plan they’ll push as an alternative to a hefty proposal offered by Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton.
Democratic lawmakers say a string of recent explosive crude-by-rail derailments nationwide make it necessary to improve Minnesota’s railroad network. Five trains hauling crude oil have derailed since February. Sen. Scott Dibble, a Minneapolis Democrat, says it’s “sheer dumb luck” no similar accidents have happened in Minnesota. Seven or more trains haul North Dakota crude across the state daily.
Minnesota’s Department of Transportation is hoping the warmer weather over the next couple of weeks marks the end of winter weather. This winter is a big contrast to last year’s unusually harsh winter that forced MnDOT to blow past its budget by tens of millions of dollars.
Minnesota democrats are showing a united front in the push for a multi-billion dollar transportation project. Gov. Mark Dayton and top democrats want to raise the gas tax to pay for road and bridge improvements.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation offered more details Monday about a project list that would sprout from Gov. Mark Dayton’s $6 billion road-funding request, providing wide-ranging estimates to arrive at the need.
In making his case for higher state transportation taxes, Gov. Mark Dayton regularly points to a slowing flow of money from Washington for highway construction as a reason Minnesota taxpayers are stuck with a bigger burden. “It’s not going to come from the federal government. It’s not going to come from the sky,” Dayton bluntly told a delegation from Bemidji during its annual Capitol lobbying day. “So it’s going to have to come from our pockets.”
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Gov. Mark Dayton is taking his pitch for new road construction money on the road. Dayton was headed Wednesday to Mankato to drum up local support for a transportation proposal he put before lawmakers.
Gov. Mark Dayton says his transportation funding proposal would result in 600 road-and-bridge improvement projects across the state.
Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk is cranking up the pressure to pass a major transportation package this year. The Cook Democrat said Thursday he thinks the Legislature will punt until at least 2017 if lawmakers fail this session to pass new funding for roads and bridges.
Gov. Mark Dayton’s plan for transportation would repair or replace 2,200 miles of state roads and 330 bridges, but would come at a noticeable cost to taxpayers. Dayton released a large-scale proposal Monday that depends on adding a new 6.5 percent tax on gas and higher vehicle registration fees.