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2022 legislative update

By: Marc Briese, State Programs Manager

The Minnesota legislature adjourned on May 23, 2022 without having passed an omnibus transportation policy and finance bill, nor a capital investment/bonding bill. The following are just a few of the impacts of inaction:

  • Trunk highways that were scheduled for turnbacks will remain state trunk highways for the time being.
  • No additional funding provided for the Local Road Improvement Program, Local Bridge Replacement Program, Safe Routes to School, Active Transportation, and Local Road Wetland Replacement Program
  • No additional funding provided for small cities and townships.
  • The housekeeping bills that were being pursued by State Aid related to modifying needs and the municipal screening board will need to wait for a special session or the 2023 legislative session.
  • The legislature did not provide budget authority for the increased federal formula funds that were included in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). This means MnDOT and local agencies could lose up to $100 million in FY 2022 federal funds.
  • The legislature did not appropriate matching funds for IIJA discretionary grant programs, which means MnDOT and local agencies will not compete as well as other states in competitive grant opportunities.

A standalone bill was enacted that will add one township member to the Local Road Improvement Program advisory committee. This is Chapter 56.