Minnesota Falling Short on Transportation Funding

<p>In a recently released report, it has been found that Minnesota's transportation funding cannot keep pace with the state's infrastructure needs -- leaving only enough to maintain existing roads, not build any new ones.</p>
February 21, 2008, 11am PST | Nate Berg
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"Minnesota's high-pitched debate over transportation funding got a push Tuesday from a new report that says the condition of the state's highways is declining and has been hurt by pressures to build new roads instead of fixing existing ones."

"Legislative Auditor James Nobles released a 105-page critique of the state's transportation system that says that without new money, Minnesota will be able to do little more than maintain current roadways."

"The report came two days before a DFL-sponsored transportation bill is scheduled for votes on the House and Senate floor. The bill would raise $7.8 billion over the next decade through a series of tax and fee increases."

"DFL leaders immediately pounced on the report as evidence that the bill is needed."

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Published on Tuesday, February 19, 2008 in Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
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