ROCHESTER, Minn. – A member of Congress stopped by our area Friday to gain support for a new transportation bill. Recently, Congress passed a short-term re-authorization of the 2012 highway bill, but Walz and other leaders are speaking out against it. They don’t believe enough is being done to solve this nation’s transportation needs, and the 2012 bill just doesn’t cut it.
U.S. Rep. Tim Walz talked to business owners in Rochester about the bill he is outlining. Walz wants a nearly trillion-dollar piece of legislation that would cover a decade for transportation. He says, as the roads and bridges are right now, it just doesn’t seem right, especially with a booming city like Rochester. “We still have a two lane highway feeding into the city from east to west. That doesn’t make sense,” Walz said about Highway 14.
Walz also talked about how important transportation is to businesses, and how they are coming up with new ways to make the roads safer, and help their bottom lines.