Minnesota needs campaign for transportation funding

  • Article by: Editorial Board , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 30, 2013 - 6:15 PM

Dayton, DFL leaders need to create citizen and political consensus.

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wbeemanMay. 31, 13 3:05 AM

A story last month raised the question of the reconsideration of the Dan Patch line reaching south of the Twin Cities. Rail transportation to Northfield and Rochester--perhaps on to Winona makes economic and public sense. That was what was envisioned in Dan Patch. It should be considered.

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supervon2May. 31, 13 5:46 AM

Oh, no. If we don't build these rail lines that have the success of the Northstar line or before people find out what a problem child the University avenue line is the public may wake up and realize the deep dark hole we are pouring money into.

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elind56May. 31, 13 6:48 AM

"An estimated $6 billion to $10 billion return on investment would have been realized..."---------------------Absurd nonsense. If this were truly the case, private entities would be fighting for the opportunity to invest in it and no new taxes would be needed.

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elind56May. 31, 13 7:10 AM

"The DFL has a once-in-a-generation mandate to govern."--------------------Well...that IS, after all, the function of govern-ment. But it seems both parties have confused 'govern' with 'rule'. I'll give the Democrats this though: They make it quite clear they fully intend to ramp up the confiscation of everyone's money because they know better how to spend it for us. The Republicans are no better. Just a little cagier about it.

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gandalf48May. 31, 13 8:17 AM

Wait, didn't we just raise the gasoline tax under Pawlenty? What happened to that money, why do we suddenly need more?

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garagewineMay. 31, 13 9:31 AM

Need more money for roads? Raise the gas tax? Need more money for transit? Raise fares. Not that hard.

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FrankLMay. 31, 13 9:56 AM

gandalf48, I keep wondering the same thing. I travel to MO and at the same time we increased our gas tax, they had a statewide referendum and raised theirs. The difference is you can see the effects. Highways widened, stoplights replaced by overpasses, etc. They even turned their equivalent of Hwy52 between Joplin and Kansas City into an interstate (I49) in just 2 years, while keeping the highway open. I can't find any similar benefit from our gas tax increase.

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jd55604May. 31, 1310:09 AM

"what’s needed now is a statewide push to build citizen and political consensus for investment in transportation funding.".....I'll translate this statement for all of you non-left wingers out there. The DFL wants to use your tax dollars and spend them on a political marketing campaign to convince you to let them spend more of your tax dollars for another light rail scheme.

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gandalf48May. 31, 1311:23 AM

FrankL - [gandalf48, I keep wondering the same thing. I travel to MO and at the same time we increased our gas tax, they had a statewide referendum and raised theirs. The difference is you can see the effects. Highways widened, stoplights replaced by overpasses, etc. They even turned their equivalent of Hwy52 between Joplin and Kansas City into an interstate (I49) in just 2 years, while keeping the highway open. I can't find any similar benefit from our gas tax increase.] *** The only expansion I've come across in the Twin Cities have been adding in HOV lanes which ironically only help out the top 1% who can afford to pay the fees to drive in the brand new lane.

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acctsah2May. 31, 1311:51 AM

I always wonder when it will be enough. When will we divert enough money from everything else to pay for transit to make the everything transit crowd happy? When there are no more cars or roads? When the only form of transportation is transit? Why are fare hikes never proposed? Talk about a group of people not paying their fair share.

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