Despite support from environmentalists, the Chamber of Commerce, and a whole host of other groups, the Minnesota legislature struggles to get a transportation bill past Governor Pawlenty's veto. We need roads, transit, BRIDGES!
Last spring, when a transportation bill was being hotly debated between the legislature and the Governor, my father (a rural paving contractor and Republican) asked his state representative "What will it take to get a transportation bill passed?" The legislator replied "An overpass will need to fall down."
Unfortunately, he was wrong: The 35W bridge collapsed a few months later and there's still no agreement.
Lawmakers may attempt to override Pawlenty's veto today. Here's the latest radio spot urging lawmakers to come up with a solution (from my former employer, the energy organization Fresh Energy).