Transportation Commissioner-designate Margaret Anderson Kelliher has a unique background; raised on a dairy farm in southern Minnesota and representing Minneapolis in the state legislature. Moving to the Department of Transportation, Anderson Kelliher is calling for balance. “Infrastructure should be one of the things that is not an ideological, political issue.” A gas tax may be part of the solution. “We have about a $6 billion fiscal cliff coming out into the next eight-to-ten years where we won’t enough money to even maintain the system we have,” Anderson Kelliher told RRFN. “The gas tax is one of our largest tools in our tool box and we can’t ignore it because the bulk of it goes to our roads and bridges.” Anderson Kelliher has been reaching out to farm leaders and plans to spend time visiting rural Minnesota to have the conversation about transportation.
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