Minnesota House approved a plan May 27 to borrow money for state
$3.8 billion funding package includes money to run the state transportation
and public safety departments, the Star Tribune reported.
It is modeled after a plan proposed by Gov. Tim Pawlenty.
the House plan, the state would also borrow $400 million and seek
federal money ahead of schedule to pay up to $900 million on road,
bridge and transit projects over the next four years.
$400 million in bonds are to be repaid through cost cutting at MnDOT,
which will see a 1 percent reduction to its operating budget.
proposal includes tolling solo drivers a still-unspecified fee to
drive in lanes now reserved for high-occupancy vehicles. The fees
would go toward road projects.
addition, the bill includes money for 50 new state troopers.
to the newspaper, the money would come from an annual fee on bars
that choose to stay open until 2 a.m. instead of the current 1 a.m.
bill awaits Senate action.