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A better road to transportation funding. Lt. Gov., transportation commissioner hold regional meeting on transportation, say long-term approach is needed


BEMIDJI -- There’s a path -- or maybe better -- a road to solving Minnesota’s transportation funding problem, Lt. Gov. Tina Smith said Thursday in Bemidji.

Smith and Minnesota Transportation Commissioner Charlie Zelle held a roundtable discussion Thursday with regional civic and business leaders in downtown Bemidji. In addition to Bemidji and Beltrami County, representatives from government and business came from cities such as International Falls and Greenbush and from the counties of Polk, Cass, Pennington and Becker.

Smith talked about how Gov. Mark Dayton’s transportation funding plan would help alleviate the $6 billion funding gap for state highways, but also said bridges, transit systems and other forms of transportation need to be addressed.


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