“We will build gleaming new roads, bridges, highways, railways, and waterways all across our land. And we will do it with American heart, and American hands, and American grit” — Donald J. Trump
Hmmm … the only thing missing is the time frame.
Well, its 2020 re-election time, so it appears that President “I was being a cheerleader for this country” Trump and First District Congressman Jim Hagedorn touting “An Achievement 50 Years in the Making” — the completion of the Highway 14 corridor. [Fun Fact : Tom Hagedron represented Minnesotans in Congress from 1975 to 1982 … so Jim Hagedorn is getting done what his father could not. That’s not really fair though because this project has been ongoing for decades … just ask Gil Gutknecht.]
To read “The Hagedorn Report *SPECIAL EDITION” : Hagedorn Secures Highway 14 Funding”, lets readers know that his top priority is done.
Heck, this has been a top priority for Tim Walz, Gil Gutknect, Tim Penny and every city and county elected official in southern Minnesota for decades. For that matter, it would have been the top priority for anyone who challenged those politicians for elective office including Dan Feehan.
But it was President Trump that promised he would be focused on rebuilding our infrastructure. Surely, many 2018 voters thought that by electing a Republican to Congress would lead to final funding for the final expansion of Highway 14.
But instead, the story was again of disappointment … particularly in November 2019 when the Trump Administration announced that Highway 14 was not selected for a federal BUILD Grant. Reading Congressman Hagedorn’s press release everything starts after that date … leaving the question what was he doing during the first eleven months of his term.
it’s done now … just in time for the 2020 election season … yet,
let’s look at the timing … FY 2020 funding expires on September 30,
2020. A total of $4,762,052,903 in obligation limitation was available for redistribution for FY 2020 … and Minnesota got $74,032,680.
Anyone who has ever driven from Nicollet to New Ulm, will be glad once the project is complete, yet, ask yourself … why did Trump and Hagedorn wait so long.
And its a good thing that this has now been approved the Trump Administration, because on July 31, Congressman Hagedorn voted against $1 billion for National Infrastructure Investments (TIGER/BUILD) which equal to the FY 2020 enacted level and the President’s budget request. That was after President Trump said on July 14th that “we have bridges that should have been fixed” ? By the way, there are 877 bridges in Minnesota’s First District which will cost an estimated $377.0 million in need of repair … that apparently is not Jim Hagedorn’s priority.