Businesses want “predictable and sustainable funding that allows for planning, expanding and repairing Minnesota’s transportation system.”
Even for the experts, putting an exact dollar figure on Minnesota’s transportation needs is no easy task. In a highly politicized environment like the Capitol, it borders on the impossible.
MnDOT chief Charles Zelle believes projects’ cash flow can be managed short-term but would face “a great reduction” down the road.
As cash-strapped local and state governments hand over control of vital services, too often they lose control of transparency and accountability.
MnDOT’s 20-year plan sees $30 billion in needs, but only $18 billion in secured funding.