ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Democratic leaders of the state House and Senate transportation committees plan next week to unveil a proposal for funding improvements to roads, bridges and transit across Minnesota.
Sen. Scott Dibble and Rep. Frank Hornstein, both Minneapolis Democrats, announced their intentions Monday following an informational hearing on current transportation needs.
While a gas tax increase or other revenue-raising measures will be tough to sell in an election year session, Hornstein says the problems can't wait.
Dibble wouldn't talk about specifics, but says he believes a "robust, comprehensive, multi-modal transportation funding package" is needed this year.
The committee chairs still need to convince Gov. Mark Dayton and Democratic legislative leaders to back their funding plan.
Minnesota Public Radio News (http://bit.ly/1faPlHh ) reports the transportation chairs will release details of their plan next Tuesday.
Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, http://www.mprnews.org