State of Minnesota Archives: on Technology
$6B investment in highway projects & infrastructure
[Some of] the most important investments we can make are in transportation and other infrastructure improvements. I have spoken about the need to improve our state's highways, roads, bridges, and public transit systems during every one of my previous
State of the State Addresses.
Roads, highways, and public transit are to our state's economy, like arteries to the human body. If the arteries are healthy and efficiently transport blood, oxygen, and nutrients throughout the body, everything works at
its best. If, however, the arteries become decrepit or clogged, the body's performance suffers.
Minnesota is at a critical juncture with its transportation systems. Our investments are inadequate to maintain even their current conditions, much less to
expand them. My transportation funding proposal would not only generate that $6 billion of additional revenues for state highway projects; it would also provide an additional $2.8 billion over the next decade for improvements.
Source: 2017 State of the State address to Minnesota Legislature
Jan 23, 2017
Prioritizing highway spending instead of urban light rail
Twin Cities' traffic is getting worse. According to a new MNDOT report congestion is set to jump again in 2015 by 2%, with highways now clogged nearly 1/4 of the time in rush hour. Believe it or not, some area roadways are congested 5 hours per day.
But before we rush to raise gas taxes, shouldn't we first stop diverting up to $6 billion or 17% from the federal highway trust fund away from roads and bridges?
Prioritizing federal highway spending on where 95% of commuter trips occur--instead of on the $1.9 billion light rail scheme, hiking trails, and urban planning--would be a good first start towards solvency.
Yet federal spending on such projects has increased 38% since 2008, according to the Wall Street Journal. We need to solve our infrastructure problems and new revenue streams should be found, but we have to be serious about our priorities.
Source: 2016 Minnesota House campaign website JasonLewis2016.com
Nov 8, 2016
Apply oil subsidies to upgrade transportation infrastructure
Among the issues the candidates discussed Wednesday:
Transportation: Franken said he would free up money to upgrade transportation infrastructure by ending subsidies for oil and gas companies
and reducing spending on upgrading our nuclear weapons arsenal.
McFadden said the money would have to come from general revenues as part of an overhaul of the tax code.
Source: Twin Cities Pioneer Press on 2014 Minnesota Senate debate
Oct 8, 2014
Investing in transportation infrastructure improves business
Another crucial area of investment is in transportation. Minnesota suffers today from the failed legacy of twenty years of declining investments in our highways, roads, and bridges; in our public transit systems; and in other critical infrastructure.
Our decline has been worse than most other states, which means we are falling further behind in what I consider one of the most important "business climate" measures: the quality and capacity of our transportation systems and other infrastructure.
It doesn't have to be that way. Look at our Metropolitan International Airport, where new investments have been made continuously during those same twenty years. It's not perfect, but it's remarkable.
Virtually an entire new airport has been constructed while continuing to operate the old one. It is rated one of the best-managed airports in the country and even the world.
Source: 2011 Minnesota State of the State Address
Feb 9, 2011
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