Bachmann, businesses, legislators offer support for I94, MN10 improvements
March 21, 2013 — 3:34pm
Republican U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, backed by a bipartisan cohort of about three dozen lawmakers, local elected officials and business folks, came to the Minnesota Capitol to offer support for about $400 million worth of improvements to I-94 and Minnesota Highway 10.
"This is one of the supreme duties of government, that no one can do privately is build roads and bridges and interchanges and we are woefully behind on infrastructure," Bachmann said.
Bachmann, Democratic U.S. Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar and Republican U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen have all signed letters of support for the build out project on I-94, which would add lanes on the interstate between the Twin Cities and St. Cloud.
Kevin Gutknecht, Minnesota Department of Transportation spokesman, said the project is not top priority right now.
"It really boils down to the funding piece," Gutknecht said. "It just doesn't rise to the top because it doesn't meet all of the metrics at this time. It doesn't mean it isn't a good project."
Gov. Mark Dayton, speaking to a mostly Republican audience at the annual Minnesota Business Partnership dinner, repeated his familiar attack on the House GOP, blaming them for a legislative impasse on transportation.
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