Posted: 11/08/07 20:12
by Dave Mindeman
Carol Molnau is at it again....
Star Tribune.. November 8, 2007
Despite testimony from senior staff about the Minnesota Department of Transportation's improving finances, Commissioner Carol Molnau warned Thursday about possible delays in road projects planned for next year because of limits on agency spending.
Hey, she means it. Commissioner Molnau is not above juggling priorities when it comes to transportation projects.
Back in 2003, the legislature passed a much needed transportation bonding bill to "catch up" on projects that were getting too far behind. Who decided where the money went?
From MPR, September 17, 2003
"Highway 212 in the southwest metro gets the greatest percentage of the bond funding, while it's not even listed as a short term priority in MnDOT's plan," says Barb Thoman, Transit for Livable Communities.
Highway 212 has been controversial since the debut of the first rebuilding plan 50 years ago. Part of its success in leapfrogging ahead of other projects is due to decades of lobbying by developers, commuters and the current MnDot commissioner and Lt. Gov. Carol Molnau.
And where does Hwy 212 run through?
District 35A and Chaska.
Who is the current representative for District 35A?
Michael Beard - Shakopee
Who is the former representative for District 35A?
Carol Molnau - Chaska
So watch out! Your pet transportation projects need to tread carefully. Carol Molnau has taken on the role of "decider"!