State Senator Joe Gimse of Willmar and State Representative Michael Beard of Shakopee, chairs of their respective Transportation committees in the Minnesota Legislature, were joined by State Sen. Paul Gazelka of Brainerd for a press conference in E203 of the Brainerd campus Business and Industry Center on Monday, June 20. The three Republicans called upon Gov. Mark Dayton to call a special session which they predicted would last four hours and could address the unresolved state transportation budget for roads and bridges. The conference was also attended by Democratic State Rep. John Ward of Brainerd, who cited the need for funding of mass transit, a particulary critical mode of transportation for elderly, underprivileged, mobility-impaired, and students who are part of his district in rural Minnesota.
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