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Minnesota Transportation Finance Advisory Committee releases recommendations
Report emphasizes the statewide transportation needs to move Minnesota into the future
ST. PAUL – The state transportation finance advisory committee, established in late 2011, has released its recommendations on transportation revenue and spending to Governor Dayton.
“The committee has worked extremely hard on these recommendations,” said Acting MnDOT Commissioner Bernie Arseneau, who serves as the TFAC chair. “The group is made up of finance experts, government officials with a focus on transportation, business representatives and transportation advocates. The process drew on the group’s combined expertise to develop recommendations on ways to identify and fund transportation needs well into the future. It was a strong collaborative effort focused on what would best serve the state’s transportation needs for the next 20 years.”
The committee began meeting in early 2012. It received briefings about the state’s transportation system needs and funding process. It heard concerns from citizens, local government, labor and industry, and transportation advocacy groups.
In its summary report, TFAC provides recommendations to support an environment in which Minnesota businesses can continue to grow, ensure that the state continues to be an attractive location for companies looking to expand and position Minnesota well into the future.
“In addition to helping Minnesota compete economically for jobs and talent, the committee envisions a world-class transportation system that enhances quality of life by connecting people to what matters – jobs, education, healthcare and more,” said Arseneau.
“The recommendations represent some very strong work from this group. We have forwarded them to Governor Dayton for his consideration in the coming weeks and months. The TFAC committee members have provided a great service to the citizens of Minnesota,” Arseneau said. “On behalf of the state, I want to thank them for their time and effort.”
The recommendations and background on the committee’s work are available on the TFAC website at www.dot.state.mn.us/tfac/. A full report on the TFAC effort will be released later in December.