Transit Cuts Pit MN Cities Against Each Other

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Representative Frank Hornstein

Click photo to hear Representative Frank Hornstein and others debate transit cuts

Click photo to hear Representative Frank Hornstein and others debate transit cuts

When Minnesota’s transit budget gets cut, where do the cuts fall?

The Metropolitan Council opposes a bill that would rob it to fund transit in suburbs that run their own transit systems.

The losers in the bill would be those served by the metro transit system such as Minneapolis, St. Paul, Blaine, Woodbury, Cottage Grove, Lakeville, Bloomington and St. Louis Park.

Bill Sponsor Michael Beard (R- Shakopee) says the Metropolitan Council’s share of revenue dedicated to transit has grown from 21.5% to 36%, while suburban “opt-out” transit providers have seen their funding stay at a flat 3.74%.

Michael McIntee

Michael McIntee is a former network TV news executive with more than 30 years of broadcasting experience. He began his broadcasting career at the University of Minnesota's student radio station. He is an expert producer, writer, video editor who has a fondness for new technology but denies that he is a geek. More about Michael McIntee »

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