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Friday, March 07, 2008

Kalin and Transportation: Part 3 Updated

This is an update on the posting found here.

Rep. Jeremy Kalin (D-17B) issued this news release on February 22, 2008

In his news release, Kalin wrote, "According to MnDOT's own projections, Minnesota is $2.4 billion behind every year in keeping up our current system."

Despite spending considerable time searching the Internet and Mn/DOT’s website to find the information to which he alludes, I could not. So I contacted Mn/DOT to ask if this assertion is found in any of their documents. Today I received the answer that Mn/DOT has not made this projection.

The Director of the Statewide Planning & Analysis Section indicated they completed long range plans in 2005 and estimated the cost of meeting their system performance goals between 2008 and 2030. At that time, they estimated there is about a $1 billion per year funding gap (in 2004 dollars).

This study can be found here.

Thus it appears that Kalin has grossly overstated the need. It appears he is relying on DFL talking points, as noted in the afore referenced post, that are not rooted in reality. Of course Dems hype most everything, so it is difficult to believe anything they say. The sad thing is Kalin lives in his dream world and the taxpayers end up paying for his hallucinations.

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