Grassroots Support Needed to Fund Highway 14

Hwy 14The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) announced this week that it is applying for a $25 million grant from the federal government’s BUILD Grant Program to help fund Highway 14 expansion from Nicollet to New Ulm. MnDOT has committed to fund the difference between the $25 million grant and the full cost of the project if Highway 14 is selected for this federal grant.

We need your help! Public support is an important aspect of the federal BUILD grant program. MnDOT has asked Highway 14 supporters to submit as many letters of support for the project as possible.

Act Now!
Submit a letter of support for Highway 14 under these guidelines:  

Format: Here is a letter of support template.  Letters must be addressed to the US Secretary of Transportation, Elaine L. Chao.

Submission: Email your letter to Doris Degenstein, MnDOT District 7 at doris.degenstein@state.mn.us, or submit by mail at the following address:

MnDOT District 7
Attn: Doris Degenstein
2151 Bassett Drive
Mankato, MN 56001

Deadline: Letters must be submitted to MnDOT by Monday, July 8, 2019.

Please don’t hesitate to contact Patrick Baker (pbaker@greatermankato.com) with any questions.

House Transportation Committee to Hold Hearing in Mankato

minnesota_state_capitol_3-300x225The Minnesota House Transportation Finance and Policy Committee will hold a field hearing in Mankato this coming Friday, March 8. The Committee will hear testimony on HF 538 – a bill that would provide funding to complete the expansion of Highway 14 to four lanes between Nicollet and New Ulm. This a great opportunity for residents and businesses of Southern Minnesota to make their voice heard. Below are additional details on the hearing and how to sign up to testify. Continue reading “House Transportation Committee to Hold Hearing in Mankato”

2018 Legislative Session: What Happened?

FromTheDomeThe Legislature convened in February with some optimism. The state had a modest surplus that would allow some budget flexibility and a general agreement on what bills needed to be passed, if not the specific provisions they would contain. However, that optimism was in short supply as the session ended on May 20 with the Legislature, under the threat of vetoes to several bills, passed a very large budget/policy bill, a tax bill that would conform Minnesota’s tax system to the new Federal law, and a bonding bill. Governor Dayton subsequently vetoed both the federal tax conformity and supplemental budget bills, representing the bulk of the Legislature’s work this session. The Governor did sign the bonding bill, which contained top priorities for the region. Following is a summary of what happened at the Legislature in 2018. Continue reading “2018 Legislative Session: What Happened?”

What’s Happening at the Legislature?

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The Minnesota Legislature is in recess, returning to the Capitol on April 9 for a final sprint until they adjourn on May 21. This is an ideal time to talk with your legislators about the key issues of importance to you and your business before they resume work on your priorities.

Following is an update on the key issues that Legislators have been working on and are expected to tackle once back in session.

Be sure to stay tuned to this blog for further updates as the Legislative session progresses. Continue reading “What’s Happening at the Legislature?”

Greater Mankato Construction Showcase

road constructionGovernment agencies in the Greater Mankato area are ramping up for one of the largest road construction seasons in recent history in 2018. To help the public prepare, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) will host Mankato’s first ever multiagency construction showcase on Wednesday, February 21 from 4 – 6 pm at MnDOT District 7 Headquarters, 2151 Bassett Drive, Mankato.  The public is encouraged to stop by and plan for construction in 2018 on major corridors including Highways 14, 22 and 169. Continue reading “Greater Mankato Construction Showcase”

Highway 22 Corridor Study Open House

hwy 22

An open house to gather input on the future of Highway 22 from Mapleton to St. Peter is being hosted by the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Mankato Area Transportation Planning Organization on Thursday, January 18 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. at the MnDOT Headquarters, 2151 Bassett Drive, Mankato. Continue reading “Highway 22 Corridor Study Open House”

Breakfast With Congressman Tim Walz

Walz headshotJoin Greater Mankato Growth and your fellow colleagues for the August Public Affairs Forum Breakfast with Representative Tim Walz.

Monday, August 21
7:30 – 9:00 am
Verizon Hall, Room 245 (new event center)

Register Here Continue reading “Breakfast With Congressman Tim Walz”

Highway 14 Makes Progress at Legislature

FromTheDomeAfter several years of gridlock, the Legislature and Governor came to an agreement this year on a transportation bill that injects much needed funding into our state’s transportation network. The bottom line for Highway 14: there is funding to keep working on the four-lane expansion from Rochester to New Ulm, but not enough to finish all of the remaining two-lane segments.    Continue reading “Highway 14 Makes Progress at Legislature”

Taxes & Transportation Moving Through Legislature

FromTheDomeA big week winds up at the Legislature as all omnibus bills must pass out of committees today. Next week, the House and Senate will be busy passing all the budget and tax bills by their Easter/Passover break starting April 9th. Then it’s off to conference committees and negotiations with Governor Dayton when they get back on April 17th.

Here’s an update on where some of the top issues we’re tracking stand: Continue reading “Taxes & Transportation Moving Through Legislature”