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Kandiyohi Area Transit driver Gary Manzer makes stops Tuesday along his route in Willmar. Bus systems, which get less attention than roads, may be a big part of the 2011 State Senate Transportation Committee meetings, according to Sen. Joe Gimse, R-Willmar. Tribune photo by Gary Miller

Willmar politician expects transportation 'to continue to chug on'


The transportation committees, in some ways, may be the envy of the Minnesota Legislature. While other committees struggle to plug a $6.2 billion budget gap, most of the $5.8 billion transportation budget is from funds dedicated to roads, transit and other transportation needs. State gasoline tax proceeds and other such revenue used to fund transportation may be declining a bit, but they remain stronger than the overall state budget and cannot be used to fix the budget problem.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.