Republicans have largely stayed away from the special master hearings to determine which agencies and programs should continue to get funding during Minnesota’s state government shutdown.
That will change Thursday.
Rep. Michael Beard, R-Shakopee, and Sen. Joe Gimse, R-Willmar, are scheduled to appear before Kathleen Blatz, the former state Supreme Court justice appointed as a special master. Beard and Gimse chair the House and Senate transportation committees.
Beard said the two Republican legislators would be appearing “on behalf of transportation in the Twin Cities, and in Minnesota.”
Beard said he would specifically push for state projects that are ongoing and already funded, including highway construction projects where lanes are now closed and where traffic is backed up "miles long on the weekends."
He added: “We think there’s some important constitutionally-mandated public safety and maintenance concerns that are being overlooked.”
Beard said some of the same concerns were raised in the state’s 2005 shutdown, and that he believed that “construction projects and maintenance of critical facilities should proceed as before.”
More from Star Tribune
More from Hot Dish Politics
Gov. Mark Dayton on Monday said he and members of Minnesota's congressional delegation have requested a meeting with President Obama to urge him to combat foreign steel dumping.
House Speaker Kurt Daudt and two other Minnesota state representatives are in Turkey this week, where international tension is flaring over the country's downing of a Russian warplane.
A state judicial panel has recommended Department of Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson and three others to Gov. Mark Dayton as he looks to fill two vacancies on the Minnesota Court of Appeals.
Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton will hold a campaign event in Minneapolis on Dec. 15.
Demoted St. Paul VA executive moved to Phoenix