MN DOT Pours Cold Water On GOP Bridge Scare

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Rep. Matt Dean, Senator Amy Koch, Rep. Matt Dean and Senator Geoff Michel At Stillwater Lift Bridge

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Minnesota Republican leaders called Twin Cities media to the Stillwater lift bridge, pointing out the harm shutting the bridge down will cause if a budget agreement is not reached by July 1st.

One problem: Minnesota’s Department of Transportation says the bridge will likely stay open during a shutdown of Minnesota government.

MnDOT says it is including operation of the lift bridge as a core critical function in its contingency planning efforts, pending a final Court ruling.

After consulting with public safety officials and health care providers over the past several days, the agency determined that the bridge is a core service critical to maintaining life and health safety. The bridge will remain open primarily to allow ambulance traffic to continue between Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Republican reaction to MN DOT’s solution is to blame Governor

@15:22 When informed about this development at the bridge Representative Matt Dean repeated what he had said earlier when he believed the bridge would be shut down, that the Governor was to blame and he should call a special session. Senators Amy Koch and Geoff Michel as well as Representative Kurt Zellers continued their call for Governor Mark Dayton to agree to piecemeal solutions to the budget instead of negotiating all of the remaining budget bills.

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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