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2020 MAPA LEGISLATIVE PLATFORM

TRANSPORTATION FUNDING

  • Predictable and sustainable funding is the most efficient way to pay for our state and local transportation systems. MAPA supports increasing and indexing the current state fuel tax to meet the documented need for road funding.
  • The gas tax should be indexed to the National Highway Construction Cost Index, rather than the Consumer Price Index (CPI) to better reflect the cost behavior of construction projects.
  • MAPA supports the statutory dedication of all existing revenue from the sales tax on auto parts to road and bridge funding.
  • MAPA supports an increase in the annual registration fee for electric vehicles, as well as adjusting the current depreciation scale for registration fees.

BONDING

  • MAPA supports the inclusion of asphalt applications in state bonding eligible project materials. Asphalt is a 20-year fix.
  • MAPA supports the authorization of additional trunk highway bonds (with no more than 20% of trunk highway fund needed for debt service) or general fund dollars for Corridors of Commerce and Transportation Economic Development (TED) programs.
  • MAPA supports general obligation bond proceeds or general fund cash for transportation projects in a capital bonding bill.

WORKZONE SAFETY

  • MAPA supports the review of possible opportunities to increase safety in work zones including speed enforcement activities, changing MnDOT traffic control unit pricing in a low bid environment, public education and possible changes to the state driver manual.

LCCA

  • MAPA opposes efforts that would mandate the use of material type or Life Cycle Cost Analyses (LCCAs) in state and local road projects.
  • MAPA supports the consideration of design-life when determining Life Cycle Cost Analysis.

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

  • MAPA supports efforts that will help train, recruit, and maintain construction-ready workers into the road construction industry.

TRANSPORTATION FUNDING EFFICIENCIES

  • MAPA opposes increased funding out of the Highway Trust Fund for recreational trails or other non-highway purposes and supports a comprehensive study of diversions of revenue from the Trunk Highway Fund.

WAGE THEFT CHANGES

  • MAPA supports common sense changes to the wage theft law that would maintain the intent of the legislation while reducing administrative burdens.