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Dayton gets feisty, calls Republican transportation plan ‘pure fantasy’

In a press conference Friday, the governor criticized the GOP plan. He also took a shot at the Minneapolis Park Board over Southwest LRT. 

Gov. Mark Dayton showed his testy side Friday when he criticized Republican lawmakers for their transportation proposal.

At a press conference, he said the GOP plan to fix roads and bridges by using $200 million from the projected state surplus was “pure fantasy.”

The governor’s own proposal to pay for road and bridge repair is to raise nearly $6 billion over ten years by increasing the gas tax and license fees.

Dayton scolded the Republican leaders for their plan, saying: “That’s not a solution. That’s not a short-term solution, that’s not a long-term solution, and it demonstrates that they don’t understand the problem, and they certainly don’t have any serious interest in finding a real solution.”

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While he was at it, Dayton also attacked the Minneapolis Park Board, which has slowed the Southwest light rail transit project with a legal challenge.

He said their action may jeopardize federal funding for project.”If I’m in the position of a federal allocator and I’ve got a dozen other communities that are vying for this same money that are cohesive on their goals and are ready to go, it’s pretty obvious to me that these shenanigans are going to place Minnesota’s proposal back at the end,” he said.