County Urges Minnesota Legislature
to Make Transportation a Priority
ending a strong signal that the state can no longer afford to delay, St. Louis County is one of more than 70 counties from across Minnesota that has passed a resolution to support a comprehensive transportation funding package in 2014.
By passing its resolution, St. Louis County recognizes that our current system puts at risk Minnesota’s long-term economic health, and global competitiveness for jobs and talent. This action sends a clear message to Governor Mark Dayton and legislative leaders that this issue must be addressed this year.
“Transportation is essential to our quality of life in St. Louis County. It delivers our region's agriculture and timber production to the global marketplace, it provides heat to our homes and it connects us to each other but adequate transportation is needed for all of these systems to be functional,” said Mike Forsman, St. Louis County Commissioner. “For the sake of our economic growth in St. Louis County and in Minnesota, we can no longer afford to delay. Minnesotans are united in making transportation a priority in 2014.”
In 2008, the state received an increase in transportation funding that helped fuel economic recovery. Today, funds are nearly exhausted. Minnesota will not have enough funding to maintain the current transportation system, or fund critical improvements or expansions, for the next 20 years.
By 2030, Minnesota is expected to add more than 350,000 new jobs and by 2040, the population is expected to grow by nearly 1 million people. As demand continue to increase, the shortcomings of our transportation system will only be exacerbated.
We need a transportation system that creates access to opportunities, and that safely and efficiently moves people, goods and services. We need sustainable funding to create that progressive system.
Counties passing resolutions include: Aitkin, Beltrami, Benton, Big Stone, Blue Earth, Brown, Carleton, Carver, Cass, Chippewa, Chisago, Clay, Clearwater, Cook, Cottonwood, Crow Wing, Dakota, Dodge, Douglas, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Hubbard, Isanti, Itasca , Kandiyohi, Kittson, Koochiching, Lac qui Parle, Lake, Lake of the Woods, Le Sueur, Lincoln, Lyon, Mahnomen, Marshall, Martin, McLeod, Mille Lacs, Mower, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Olmsted, Otter Tail, Pennington, Pine, Polk, Pope, Ramsey, Red Lake, Redwood, Renville, Rice, Rock, Roseau, Sibley, St Louis, Stearns, Steele, Stevens, Swift, Todd, Traverse, Waseca, Watonwan, Wilkin, Winona, Wright and Yellow Medicine.
Move MN is a statewide coalition of more than 140 organizations advocating for making transportation an urgent funding priority this legislative session.