12,000 Minnesota jobs at stake in transportation bill
Posted at 8:12 AM on September 7, 2011
by Michael Olson
Filed under: Around MN
A group of mayors around the state is urging Congress to allow work to continue on various transportation projects. The work will end if action isn't taken before the bill expires on Sept. 30.
Nationally, the Star Tribune's Jim Spencer reports, "about 847,000 existing jobs -- more than 12,000 in Minnesota -- would be disrupted if the legislation isn't approved. The campaign for the bill reflects the new reality in the nation's capital, where what would have been a routine extension is instead in limbo, as both parties debate spending priorities."
"There are no such things as routine matters now," said Norman Ornstein, a political analyst with the American Enterprise Institute. "There is a specific Republican tactic to take what was routine and turn it into a confrontation. It will be true of the surface transportation act, as it was for the debt ceiling."
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