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.
House Road-And-Bridge Funding Plan Clears Key CommitteeThe House plan to spend billions more on Minnesota road-and-bridge construction over the coming decade is moving forward.
Dayton Pushes Major Spending Programs In SpeechOn 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.
Good Question: What Are Our Busiest Freeways?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 May Boost Cash Grants For Low-Income FamiliesMinnesota'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.
Rep. Joyce Peppin Talks Transportation Plan, Budget PrioritiesState 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.
Minnesota Republicans Stake Out $7B Plan For Roads, BridgesGov. 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 Republicans Stake Out $7B Plan For Roads, BridgesMinnesota 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.
Lawmakers Point To Accidents To Make Case For Rail UpgradesDemocratic 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.
Warmer Weather Could Mean Extra Cash For MnDOTMinnesota’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.
Dayton, Democrats Push Forward $10 Billion Transportation ProposalMinnesota 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.
Many What-Ifs Fill Project List For Dayton Roads PlanThe 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.
Strain On Federal Highway Fund Colors Minnesota Roads DebateIn 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."
Dayton Heads Out On Transportation RoadshowGov. 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. Dayton Dangles Road Projects To Be Built Under His PlanGov. Mark Dayton says his transportation funding proposal would result in 600 road-and-bridge improvement projects across the state.