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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

WILLMAR — Several area counties are among more than 70 Minnesota counties that have adopted resolutions in support of a comprehensive transportation funding package in 2014.

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The resolutions urge the Minnesota Legislature to take action this year to preserve the state’s long-term economic health and global competitiveness for jobs and talent.

Area counties that have backed the resolution include Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle,  Pope, Redwood, Renville, Stearns, Swift and Yellow Medicine.

“Simply put, transportation is about opportunity and access — connecting families to schools and health care, connecting consumers to businesses, connecting goods and services to the global marketplace, said Harlan Madsen, Kandiyohi County Commissioner. “Lack of investment in our local infrastructure stifles economic growth in Willmar and lessens our ability to meaningfully contribute to Minnesota’s economy. It is crucial the state provide us with the lifeline we need to succeed.”

In 2008, the state received an increase in transportation funding that helped fuel economic recovery. But today, funds are nearly exhausted, leaving the state with a shortfall of money to maintain the current transportation system and fund critical improvements and expansions.

Efforts to rally support for making transportation an urgent funding priority are being coordinated by Move MN, a statewide coalition of more than 140 organizations.

WILLMAR — Several area counties are among more than 70 Minnesota counties that have adopted resolutions in support of a comprehensive transportation funding package in 2014.

The resolutions urge the Minnesota Legislature to take action this year to preserve the state’s long-term economic health and global competitiveness for jobs and talent.

Area counties that have backed the resolution include Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle,  Pope, Redwood, Renville, Stearns, Swift and Yellow Medicine.

“Simply put, transportation is about opportunity and access — connecting families to schools and health care, connecting consumers to businesses, connecting goods and services to the global marketplace, said Harlan Madsen, Kandiyohi County Commissioner. “Lack of investment in our local infrastructure stifles economic growth in Willmar and lessens our ability to meaningfully contribute to Minnesota’s economy. It is crucial the state provide us with the lifeline we need to succeed.”

In 2008, the state received an increase in transportation funding that helped fuel economic recovery. But today, funds are nearly exhausted, leaving the state with a shortfall of money to maintain the current transportation system and fund critical improvements and expansions.

Efforts to rally support for making transportation an urgent funding priority are being coordinated by Move MN, a statewide coalition of more than 140 organizations.

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