Minnesota Chamber transportation priorities for 2017

Minnesota Chamber transportation priorities for 2017

Pass strategic and sustained funding of roads, bridges and transit.

  • Increase long-term investment in roads, bridges, and transit.
  • Generate new resources through efficiencies, bonding, use of transportation-related revenues from the general fund and adjustments to the depreciation schedule for passenger vehicle tab fees.
  • Identify metro funding for build-out of the metro’s transit system.

Minnesota businesses say: "It’s time to pass a plan that funds roads, bridges and transit – for Greater Minnesota and the metro area.

Q&A with Jeff Grev
Vice President, Legislative Affairs
Hormel Foods Corporation

Jeff Grev is a member of the Minnesota Chamber Board of Directors.

What are the biggest transportation challenges facing your company in Greater Minnesota as well as the metro?
We simply need a well-maintained statewide, outstate and metro area, system that allows our employees, suppliers and customers an efficient and safe way to travel and transport goods. Minnesota has fallen behind in the upkeep of roads and bridges; this is especially true in the outstate counties where the current state funding levels are not sufficient to support the necessary maintenance of existing infrastructure.

What’s been your message to your state legislators about efforts to pass a long-term, comprehensive transportation funding bill?
It's crucial to the commerce of the entire state to have the long-term funding in place to support an efficient and safe highway and bridge system throughout Minnesota. Transportation is one of the basic services of government, and we need to move forward quickly with well-thought solutions and budgets to support the solutions.

Are there specific transportation projects that your company has been working on to improve your operations or your employees’ commutes?
We have supported the local Highway 23 Coalition's efforts to complete Highway 23 between Willmar and Paynesville. Willmar is the only regional hub in Minnesota not connected to the metropolitan area with a four-lane highway.