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The Rally for Roads, Bridges and Transit is being held next week in response to the House and Senate omnibus transportation bills that did not include any new revenue for highways or transit.
(Published Apr 12, 2013)
Below is the rally announcement from the Minnesota Transportation Alliance. Free parking is available for city officials. Please check in at our office prior to heading over to the Capitol.
We Need Advocates to Speak Up for Highways and Transit
Rally for Roads, Bridges and Transit
Wednesday, April 17th 10:00 am in the Capitol Rotunda
Let’s Fill the Capitol with Transportation Advocates – We need YOU!
Sen. Scott Dibble announced that he will move a transportation budget bill through his committee that does not include any new revenue for highways or transit. The bill will be a status quo budget bill that appropriates money from the Highway User Tax Distribution Fund and provides an appropriation for transit systems.
The Governor had included a ½ cent increase in the metropolitan area sales tax for transit. That provision will not be included in the Senate bill. Senator Dibble had planned to include an increase in the gas tax along with the increase in the metropolitan area sales tax but after meeting with Governor Dayton who remains opposed to a gas tax increase, he decided not to pursue revenue increases.
Sen. Dibble will hold a hearing on his bill on Wednesday. He said he made his decision after he met privately with Governor Dayton. Both Sen. Dibble and Governor Dayton said they plan to make the case in the coming months for putting more money into transportation projects.
Rep. Hornstein has said that he may continue to pursue funding options including new revenue from a statewide sales tax and new revenue from a sales tax on motor fuel purchases. Rep. Hornstein will introduce his bill on Thursday and hold a hearing on the proposal Friday morning.
For the latest update on the transportation omnibus bills, please see our latest Third Reading post.
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