Minnesota Legislature: Transportation



Gov. Pawlenty has vetoed a bill that would spend $6.6 billion over the next 10 years on transportation, setting up an override showdown in the the House and Senate. (02/22/2008)
Supporters and opponents of a transportation funding bill will be stepping up their lobbying efforts now that the Minnesota House and Senate have both passed it. The Senate passed the bill with enough votes to override a gubernatorial veto. The House came up one vote short. (02/21/2008)
There are renewed calls for the Hastings bridge to be replaced, after a new MnDOT report downgraded the bridge's condition. The span is slated for replacement, but not until next decade. Replacing the bridge would cost nearly $100 million, and at this point that money isn't available. (02/15/2008)
The condition rating of the Hastings bridge, already one of the lowest-rated bridges in the Twin Cities region, has been lowered even further, according to a state Transportation Department inspection report. (02/15/2008)
DFL legislators unveiled a transportation funding bill Tuesday that looks a lot like the one Gov. Tim Pawlenty vetoed last session. (02/12/2008)
DFL legislative leaders are promising a quick start to the 2008 session with hopes of passing legislation that will kick-start the economy. (02/11/2008)
A new Minnesota Public Radio News/Humphrey Institute poll shows that those Minnesotans who know of Carol Molnau disapprove of the job she's doing as transportation commissioner by a nearly 2-1 margin. (02/01/2008)
The plans have been unveiled, the contract is signed, and in spite of legal threats from contractors who lost the bidding process, surveying begins Tuesday for the new 35W bridge. Where does funding stand for the bridge project and other transportation priorities in Minnesota? (Midday, 10/09/2007)
The Minnesota Department of Transportation is making changes to Highway 280, the main detour for Interstate 35W, which is closed near the site of the 35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis. (08/13/2007)
The failure of lawmakers and the governor to agree on a transportation spending package before adjourning late Monday is causing lots of dismay among those folks, even anger. (05/22/2007)
Less than 24 hours after the Minnesota Legislature sent him a transportation bill, Gov. Pawlenty struck it down Tuesday. (05/15/2007)
The Minnesota Legislature voted Monday to raise the state gas tax by a nickel as lawmakers prepared to confront Gov. Tim Pawlenty over spending on roads. (05/14/2007)
The results come as state lawmakers are debating a new transportation funding plan that would use a nickel a gallon increase to pay for roads and bridges. Gov. Pawlenty is threatening to veto the bill. (05/11/2007)
Gov. Tim Pawlenty has promised to veto any increase in the gas tax. Supporters of the bill acknowledge they will need a few Republican votes to override a veto, but Republicans say they won't get enough. (05/09/2007)
Both the House and the Senate have approved super-sized bills to pay for roads and transit. But both versions of the bill depend on a gas tax increase that Gov. Tim Pawlenty has vowed to veto. What kind of transportation legislation will eventually come out of this process? (Midday, 04/19/2007)

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