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Forum News Service, Published February 13 2014

Minnesota mayors call for more transportation funding

ST. PAUL - Twenty-seven Minnesota mayors say that state lawmakers need to approve more money for transportation.

Officials of 11 other cities have voted to join the transportation campaign.

“From the economic competitiveness of the state, to the vibrancy of our regional centers, our economic fortunes are tied to transportation,” Duluth Mayor Don Ness said. “Without a fully funded transportation system that interconnects us, we fail to capitalize on our greatest strength as a state: each other."

The city officials' comments are part of Move MN, a campaign of a broad-based coalition that calls for more road and transit funding. The coalition does not propose a certain amount of money that should be spent and will not say where its members think the state should get the money.

Two key legislators next week are expected propose adding a sales tax onto motor vehicle fuel sales.