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  •  I-35 (Interstate) is federally funded... (8+ / 0-)

    Interstate construction/maintenance is 90% federally funded, 10% state. If there are budget reasons for deferred maintenance it goes to Bu$hCo.

    From OMB:

    Table 5.1—BUDGET AUTHORITY BY FUNCTION AND SUBFUNCTION: 1976–2009
    Total, Transportation(in millions of dollars)

    (...)
    1981 26,957
    1982 24,464
    1983 27,080
    1984 29,309
    1985 29,559
    1986 28,863
    1987 26,996
    1988 28,141
    1989 29,342
    1990 30,940
    1991 31,401
    1992 36,929
    1993 40,428
    1994 43,445
    1995 39,300
    1996 36,613
    1997 41,072
    1998 45,337
    1999 51,585
    2000 55,375
    2001 67,354
    2002 68,849
    2003 68,713
    2004 68,569
    2005 69,494
    2006 70,365

    "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." - A. Einstein

    by FWIW on Wed Aug 01, 2007 at 11:21:53 PM PDT

    •  You are correct... (11+ / 0-)

      ...most of the funding for the delayed repair came from the Federal Government.  The document I reference said that $3,267,000 of the total cost of $3,630,000 was coming from Federal highway funds.  However, it is the state that sets the priorities for what get fixed and when the work gets done.

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      by mmcintee on Wed Aug 01, 2007 at 11:31:56 PM PDT

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      •  Not defending Pawlenty ... (0+ / 0-)

        ... I don't like repug politicians (check my posting history). I agree that repugs are responsible for causing the delay. I'm just sayin' ...

        $363,000 (state's share of the repairs) is ~ 0.001% of Minnesota's $34.5B biennial budget, that includes a $686M reserve. The state could have easily funded the project.

        I think it is likely that the FHWA has a bigger part in the delay of repairs than the state DOT. I say this as a civil engineer who has had dealings with state DOTs - they love their interstate highways.

        I will have to qualify my statements by admitting that I don't know much about Minnesota politics, except for what I read in the news.

        "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." - A. Einstein

        by FWIW on Thu Aug 02, 2007 at 01:24:25 AM PDT

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