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  •  Minnesota's road block? = TRANSPORTATION (4+ / 0-)
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    Phoenix Woman, bree, eartha, chumley

    Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) vetoed a $7.3 Billion Transportation package - that was largely authored by a Republican, featuring a key ammendment authored by a Republican. The Governor kept his pledge not to raise taxes, I guess, but he sure raised the commuter tax - time spent stuck in traffic.

    My opponent voted against the Bill, too, despite my county suffering through the 'worst roads in the state' and the $17.7 Million of new state money for the county.

    Our crumbling infrastructure gets in the way of economic development? Who'da thunk it?

    •  Pawlenty (3+ / 0-)
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      Phoenix Woman, eartha, neroden

      ...has been a disaster for transportation in the Twin Cities.  Heck, he's been a disaster for EVERYTHING.  

      Though he was quick to take credit for the very successful new light rail in Minneapolis, which he vehemently opposed for years...

      He's gotta go.

      Best of luck in your race, Mr. Kalin.

      •  Yup (2+ / 0-)
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        eartha, hoody

        The light rail's doing so well that condo developments are springing up like weeds along the line.  

        It's great for families who want to go catch a Twins/Vikings/Wolves game or things like Muppets on Ice or whatever:  The LR stops right outside the Dome and a block from the Target Center.  Downtown restaurants like the Old Chicago on First Avenue have seen their business shoot up, especially on the weekends.  (In fact, the busiest I've ever seen the LR is on the weekends!)  The Mall of America had originally opposed it because they thought that "the wrong element" (i.e., inner-city black kids) would swarm their nice clean suburban fortress and loot and pillage; instead, crime at the Mall hasn't budged while business has shot up.  MoA now loves the LR more than almost anyone.

        Wheelchair-bound?  Flying into MSP?  You can go from the plane to the sidewalks of downtown Minneapolis and not see a single staircase.  The LR stops at both the Lindbergh (main) and Humphrey terminals are easy to get to.  

        All in all, the light rail's making converts right and left -- literally.

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