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Minnesota Transportation Commissioner Tom Sorel, with Gov. Tim Pawlenty behind him, announces Tuesday that the state will encourage more private contributions to highway projects when they benefit a company. (Don Davis/State Capitol Bureau)

Private money to help foot highway bills

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota transportation officials want more private companies to pay part of the construction bill for highway projects.


Transportation Commissioner Tom Sorel Tuesday said his department is working on a formal method for the state and private companies to work together to fund projects such as interstate exchanges.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.