House Republicans Block Federal Transportation Funding for Minnesota
$105 million supposed to go to 28 road and bridge projects across Minnesota
Governor Mark Dayton, Tuesday night, called out House Republicans for blocking $105 million in transportation investments funded by the federal FAST Act. This move will block more than 28 highway, road, and bridge projects in over a dozen communities across Minnesota.
In a letter to Representative Tim Kelly, Governor Dayton called the objections from the House Republicans to the Department of Transportation’s recent Legislative Advisory Commission request to be “lacking in substance and merit,” noting that the House Republican Transportation Chair failed to produce a significant transportation funding package to utilize these federal dollars and provide a long-term transportation solution for the state.
The Governor’s letter stresses that due to this funding being blocked by House Republicans, road and bridge projects in communities like Forest Lake, Bagley, New Ulm, Winona, Pine River, Hallock, Fairmont, Worthington, Foley, New Richland, Farmington, Savage, and Shakopee, among others, will now face delays.