Minnesota roads need bipartisan attention

  • Article by: Editorial Board , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 19, 2013 - 7:23 PM

Two recent reports reveal the need to invest in infrastructure.

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naseth12Jul. 19, 13 8:35 PM

Here's some anecdotal evidence to add: I just replaced an engine mounting bracket because the shock absorber attached to it had broken. Have you EVER heard of repairing such a thing? And yet, I wasn't the least bit surprised...

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jjsbrwJul. 19, 13 8:35 PM

Oh. Sure. Drop the name of some libertarian org to advance your obvious liberal bias nonsense. If the private sector needs new roads, the private sector will build them. Simple.

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jsmithxcJul. 19, 1310:16 PM

I just got back from a vacation in Wisconsin. It reminded me how nice roads can be and how neglected they have been in Minnesota.

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bigtmnJul. 19, 1311:14 PM

We don't need no stinking roads - we're getting (another) a new stadium!

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bluedevil101Jul. 20, 1312:05 AM

This is all about priorities. Dayton could have designated the cigarette tax increase to transportation upkeep, instead his priority was the stadium. Dayton could have designated any overage in state income to road upkeep, instead he designated that money to the schools. The two most populous counties have in the past 10 days stuck tax payers with a "wheelage tax" that is in a "lockbox" to pay for road repair. Other counties, according to the Star Tribune are likely to follow suit. Will this money not solve some of the problems? There seems to be money available for the DNR, for the new Obama care exchanges (how many people will be hired by the state to operate these things?), and for other social welfare priorities that Dayton has decided are more important. I'd suggest that Dayton propose a public vote on an added $20 or $30 per car license that would be designated for road repair. The public can decide how they feel about the state of Minnesota's roads. Otherwise, as the CEO of the state, he obviously has decided that road upkeep is a lessor priority than some of these other things. Keep all this in mind voters when he asks for your vote again next year.

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daveyk206Jul. 20, 1312:09 AM

bigtmn, and lets not forget the new rail lines, and bike trails.

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sanddogsnarlJul. 20, 13 6:04 AM

"I'd suggest that Dayton propose a public vote on an added $20 or $30 per car license that would be designated for road repair.*** Otherwise, as the CEO of the state, he obviously has decided that road upkeep is a lessor (sic) priority than some of these other things. Keep all this in mind voters when he asks for your vote again next year."

As opposed to the stalwarts on the other side of the aisle for whom raising taxes or fees to gain revenues for virtually anything is the anti-Christ. Who seem to be driven by, and want to govern by, a philosophy that says, "Why, if it was good enough for great grandpa and grandma, it's sure good enough for us!"

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elmore1Jul. 20, 13 7:59 AM

This is all about priorities. The state taxes us heavily already, does little to measure and ensure that existing tax dollars are spent well and spends new dollars to satisfy special interest groups and to buy votes. In short, politics as usual. Rather than bipartisan support of new taxes, we need to elect common sense, moderates to manage existing and new taxes to meet the balanced needs of the state. How many potholes could we fill with the Vikings stadium, Target center upgrades, Saints Ballpark and College bailout money? Potholes don't buy votes....

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alansonJul. 20, 13 8:00 AM

The state is awash in new tax revenues, so "investment" in roads shouldn't be a problem now. Right?

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yardboyJul. 20, 13 8:15 AM

elmore1 sums it up pretty well. It is not like MN is under taxed already, quite the contrary (we are at the top in every major tax). We are long over do in better prioritization of the tax revenue the state is currently collecting rather than hammering the working public for more of their ever shrinking take home pay.

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