A transportation funding bill should have been agreed to years ago. The delay has caused the cost of road projects to skyrocket. Take the case of the current Highway 22 project between Mankato and Mapleton. MnDOT thought it could pave 12 miles from Blue Earth County Road 90 to Mapleton with a quick fix, cheaper mill and overlay project. That involves scraping the old roadway and putting a new layer of blacktop over it. It would have cost about $1.3 million per mile.
As the GOP's legislative leaders and Gov. Mark Dayton discuss a December special session, the debate seems to center around whether a special session will provide a political advantage to one party or the other or whether legislators and the governor should do their job and complete critical unfinished business. We vote for completing unfinished business.
With the conundrum of paying for needed light rail in the Twin Cities now out of the legislative negotiations for a special session, it’s time for Gov. Mark Dayton and the House GOP leadership to come to an agreement and convene the session to provide tax relief and bonding for all of Minnesota We agree with the frequent GOP ally, the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, in calling for an immediate special session to provide tax relief and bonding projects.