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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

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