According to Senator Gary Dahms of Redwood Falls, the fact the state has an unexpected budget surplus this year won’t necessarily translate into increased funding for anticipated transportation projects in KLGR-land.
Dahms said the state Department of Transportation has a long list of possible projects they’d like to get to, and some of the surplus may get used to hurry along road and infrastructure projects:
However, Dahms also said there’s also a ranking of priorities for projects, depending on how much the state judges that project needed at that point. Some critics say the earmark system might help speed projects along, but Dahms disagrees:
Dahms said that getting Minnesota’s state taxes to conform with new federal tax cuts will probably be the legislature’s highest priority for this session.