Transportation Stakeholders Unite to Call on Governor and Legislative Leaders to Pass Long-term Funding Solution in Special Session

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Transportation Forward and Progress in Motion say Minnesota needs a long term fix for all modes of transportation

Minnesota transportation advocacy coalitions Transportation Forward and Progress in Motion announced today that they will join forces for a news conference tomorrow morning to urge Governor Dayton and lawmakers to call a special session and to agree on a sustainable funding solution to pay for all modes, statewide.

Despite transportation being a top priority at the legislature two years running, lawmakers have failed to pass any long-term, sustainable funding solution, and this session failed to pass any funding at all.

Speakers at tomorrow's news conference will include a range of stakeholders from civic leaders and chambers of commerce to citizens who hope to send a timely message to lawmakers that their inaction has a real price for their constituents. Failure to agree on a solution to the transportation issue affects the safety and prosperity of Minnesotan workers, businesses, and residents.

News Conference At-a-Glance
When: 9:45 am. Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Where: Veterans Service Building, 20 West 12th St., Saint Paul, MN 55155 (media event outside front steps)
Who: Local elected leaders, business leaders, and transportation advocates from across the state, including Dave Van Hattum, Transportation Forward chair, and Margaret Donahoe, Progress in Motion, and Highway 14 & Highway 12 corridor representatives
Why: A coalition of Transportation Stakeholders news conference to urge lawmakers to find a long term fix to transportation funding

Note to Editors and Reporters: This event is at the same location that the Governor and House and Senate leaders are meeting Tuesday morning. All newsmakers will be available following the event for additional one on one interviews.

About Us
Transportation Forward is a statewide campaign of more than 50 organizations dedicated to building broad support for new investments in all modes of transportation in Minnesota, in the belief that transportation underpins quality of life, the way our communities function, access to economic opportunity, and the health of our residents and the environment. For more information, visit http://www.transportationforwardmn.org.

Progress In Motion advocates for all modes of transportation all across the State of Minnesota. Our goal is the development of a safe and effective transportation system. We advocate for transportation infrastructure and services in Greater Minnesota as well as the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area and for highways and bridges, transit, ports and waterways and other modes. Our coalition is the largest and most diverse transportation organization that includes businesses, labor, local governments and advocates who rely on the transportation system to ship products, get to work, school and other important destinations and live their lives independently. For more information visit http://www.transportationalliance.com/pim/progress-motion.

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