Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed a bill into law June 9 to borrow money
for state transportation projects, The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.
$3.8 billion funding package includes money to run the state transportation
and public safety departments.
bill, backed by Pawlenty and House Republicans, would borrow $400
million and seek up to $500 million more in federal funds 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, the
new law 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. That
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. close.