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relating to government finance; appropriating money for transportation, Metropolitan Council, and public safety activities and programs; providing for fund transfers, tort claims, and certain contingent appropriations; providing for use of revenues from metropolitan transportation area sales tax; reducing funding for 2011 state road construction; modifying various provisions related to transportation finance and policy; providing for surcharge; mandating and amending legislative reports; making technical and clarifying changes;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2010, sections 16A.11, subdivision 3a; 16A.86, subdivision 3a; 161.04, by adding a subdivision; 162.06, subdivision 1; 162.12, subdivision 1; 168.013, subdivision 21; 168A.29, subdivision 1; 171.06, subdivision 2, as amended; 174.93; 297A.992, subdivision 5, by adding a subdivision; 473.39, by adding a subdivision; Laws 2008, chapter 363, article 11, section 6; Laws 2009, chapter 36, article 1, section 3, subdivision 3, as amended.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
|(a) Infrastructure Operations and Maintenance||251,643,000||245,892,000|
The base appropriation for fiscal years 2012 and 2013 is $257,395,000 for each year.
|(b) Infrastructure Investment and Planning|
|(1) Infrastructure Investment Support||201,461,000||196,935,000|
The base appropriation for fiscal years 2012 and 2013 is $205,988,000 for each year.
$266,000 the first year and $266,000 the second year are available for grants to metropolitan planning organizations outside the seven-county metropolitan area.
$75,000 the first year and $75,000 the second year are for a transportation research contingent account to finance research projects that are reimbursable from the federal government or from other sources. If the appropriation for either year is insufficient, the appropriation for the other year is available for it.
$600,000 the first year and $600,000 the second year are available for grants for transportation studies outside the metropolitan area to identify critical concerns, problems, and issues. These grants are available (1) to regional development commissions; (2) in regions where no regional development commission is functioning, to joint powers boards established under agreement of two or more political subdivisions in the region to exercise the planning functions of a regional development commission; and (3) in regions where no regional development commission or joint powers board is functioning, to the department's district office for that region.
$200,000 the second year is for grants to nonprofit job training centers for: (1) job training programs related to highway construction; and (2) business training for companies that are certified disadvantaged business enterprises.
|(2) State Road Construction||551,300,000||
The base appropriation for fiscal years 2012 and 2013 is $635,000,000 for each year.
It is estimated that these appropriations will be funded as follows:
|Appropriations by Fund|
|Federal Highway Aid||301,100,000||
|Highway User Taxes||250,200,000||210,200,000|
The commissioner of transportation shall notify the chairs and ranking minority members of the senate and house of representatives committees with jurisdiction over transportation finance of any significant events that should cause these estimates to change.
This appropriation is for the actual construction, reconstruction, and improvement of trunk highways, including design-build contracts and consultant usage to support these activities. This includes the cost of actual payment to landowners for lands acquired for highway rights-of-way, payment to lessees, interest subsidies, and relocation expenses.
The commissioner may spend up to $250,000 of trunk highway funds in fiscal year 2011 to pay the operating costs of bus service between Hastings and Minneapolis-St. Paul to mitigate the traffic impacts of the project involving construction of a bridge crossing the Mississippi River in the city of Hastings on marked Trunk Highway 61.
The commissioner shall expend up to one-half of one percent of the federal appropriations under this paragraph as grants to opportunity industrialization centers and other nonprofit job training centers for job training programs related to highway construction.
The commissioner may transfer up to $15,000,000 each year to the transportation revolving loan fund.
The commissioner may receive money covering other shares of the cost of partnership projects. These receipts are appropriated to the commissioner for these projects.
|(3) Highway Debt Service||101,170,000||173,400,000|
$86,517,000 the first year and $157,304,000 the second year are for transfer to the state bond fund. If this appropriation is insufficient to make all transfers required in the year for which it is made, the commissioner of finance shall notify the Committee on Finance of the senate and the Committee on Ways and Means of the house of representatives of the amount of the deficiency and shall then transfer that amount under the statutory open appropriation. Any excess appropriation cancels to the trunk highway fund.
|(c) Electronic Communications||5,177,000||5,177,000|
|Appropriations by Fund|
The general fund appropriation is to equip and operate the Roosevelt signal tower for Lake of the Woods weather broadcasting.
(a) The joint powers board shall establish a grant application process and identify the amount of available funding for grant awards. Grant applications must be submitted in a form prescribed by the joint powers board. An applicant must provide, in addition to all other information required by the joint powers board, the estimated cost of the project, the amount of the grant sought, possible sources of funding in addition to the grant sought, and identification of any federal funds that will be utilized if the grant is awarded. A grant application seeking transit capital funding must identify the source of money necessary to operate the transit improvement.
(b) The joint powers board shall establish a timeline and procedures for the award of grants, and may award grants only to the state and political subdivisions. The board shall define objective criteria for the award of grants, which must include, but not be limited to, consistency with the most recent version of the transportation policy plan adopted by the Metropolitan Council under section 473.146. The joint powers board shall maximize the availability and use of federal funds in projects funded under this section.
(c) The joint powers board shall establish a GEARS Committee, which must consist of:
(1) one county commissioner from each county that is in the metropolitan transportation area, appointed by its county board;
(2) one elected city representative from each county that is in the metropolitan transportation area;
(3) one additional elected city representative from each county for every additional 400,000 in population, or fraction of 400,000, in the county that is above 400,000 in population; and
(4) the chair of the Metropolitan Council Transportation Committee.
(d) Each city representative must be elected at a meeting of cities in the metropolitan transportation area, which must be convened for that purpose by the Association of Metropolitan Municipalities.
(e) The committee shall evaluate grant applications following objective criteria established by the joint powers board, and must provide to the joint powers board a selection list of transportation projects that includes a priority ranking.
(f) A grant award for a transit project located within the metropolitan area, as defined in section 473.121, subdivision 2, may be funded only after the Metropolitan Council reviews the project for consistency with the transit portion of the Metropolitan Council policy plan and one of the following occurs:
(1) the Metropolitan Council finds the project to be consistent;
(2) the Metropolitan Council initially finds the project to be inconsistent, but after a good faith effort to resolve the inconsistency through negotiations with the joint powers board, agrees that the grant award may be funded; or
(3) the Metropolitan Council finds the project to be inconsistent, and submits the consistency issue for final determination to a panel, which determines the project to be consistent. The panel is composed of a member appointed by the chair of the Metropolitan Council, a member appointed by the joint powers board, and a member agreed upon by both the chair and the joint powers board.
(g) Grants must be funded by the proceeds of the taxes imposed under this section, bonds, notes, or other obligations issued by the joint powers board under subdivision 7.
(h) Notwithstanding the provisions of this subdivision, in fiscal year 2009, of the initial revenue collected under this section, the joint powers board shall allocate at least $30,783,000 to the Metropolitan Council for operating assistance for transit.
The detailed capital budget must include recommendations for capital projects to be funded during the next six fiscal years. It must be submitted with projects recommended by the governor and in order of importance among that agency's requests as determined by the agency originating the request.
All requests for state assistance under this section must include the following information:
(1) the name of the political subdivision that will own the capital project for which state assistance is being requested;
(2) the public purpose of the project;
(3) the extent to which the political subdivision has or expects to provide local, private, user financing, or other nonstate funding for the project;
(4) a list of the bondable activities that the project encompasses; examples of bondable activities are public improvements of a capital nature for land acquisition, predesign, design, construction, and furnishing and equipping for occupancy;
(5) whether the project will require new or additional state operating subsidies;
(6) whether the governing body of the political subdivision requesting the project has passed a resolution in support of the project and has established priorities for all projects within its jurisdiction for which bonding appropriations are requested when submitting multiple requests; and
(7) if the project requires a predesign under section 16B.335, whether the predesign has been completed at the time the capital project request is submitted, and whether the political subdivision has submitted the project predesign to the commissioner of administration for review and approval
(a) By December 15 of each year the commissioner shall estimate the amount of money that will be available to the county state-aid highway fund during that fiscal year. The amount available must be based on actual receipts from July 1 through November 30, the unallocated fund balance, and the projected receipts for the remainder of the fiscal year. The amount available, except for deductions as provided in this section, shall be apportioned by the commissioner to the counties as provided in section 162.07.
(b) For purposes of this section, "amount available" means the amount estimated in paragraph (a).
By December 15 of each year the commissioner shall estimate the amount of money that will be available to the municipal state-aid street fund during that fiscal year. The amount available is based on actual receipts from July 1 through November 30, the unallocated fund balance, and the projected receipts for the remainder of the fiscal year. The total available, except for deductions as provided herein, shall be apportioned by the commissioner to the cities having a population of 5,000 or more as hereinafter provided.
For every vehicle registration renewal required under this chapter, the commissioner shall collect a surcharge of $1.75. Surcharges collected under this subdivision must be credited to the driver and vehicle services technology account in the special revenue fund under section 299A.705.
(a) The department must be paid the following fees:
(1) for filing an application for and the issuance of an original certificate of title, the sum of $6.25 of which $3.25 must be paid into the vehicle services operating account of the special revenue fund under section 299A.705; until June 30, 2012, a surcharge of $1.75 must be added to the fee and credited to the driver and vehicle services technology account;
(2) for each security interest when first noted upon a certificate of title, including the concurrent notation of any assignment thereof and its subsequent release or satisfaction, the sum of $2, except that no fee is due for a security interest filed by a public authority under section 168A.05, subdivision 8;
(3) for the transfer of the interest of an owner and the issuance of a new certificate of title, the sum of $5.50 of which $2.50 must be paid into the vehicle services operating account of the special revenue fund under section 299A.705; until June 30, 2012, a surcharge of $1.75 must be added to the fee and credited to the driver and vehicle services technology account;
(4) for each assignment of a security interest when first noted on a certificate of title, unless noted concurrently with the security interest, the sum of $1;
(5) for issuing a duplicate certificate of title, the sum of $7.25 of which $3.25 must be paid into the vehicle services operating account of the special revenue fund under section 299A.705; until June 30, 2012, a surcharge of $1.75 must be added to the fee and credited to the driver and vehicle services technology account.
(b) After June 30, 1994, in addition to each of the fees required under paragraph (a), clauses (1) and (3), the department must be paid $3.50. The additional $3.50 fee collected under this paragraph must be deposited in the special revenue fund and credited to the public safety motor vehicle account established in section 299A.70.
(a) The fees for a license and Minnesota identification card are as follows:
|Classified Driver's License||D-$22.25||C-$26.25||B-$33.25||A-$41.25|
|Classified Under-21 D.L.||D-$22.25||C-$26.25||B-$33.25||A-$21.25|
|Enhanced Driver's License||D-$37.25||C-$41.25||B-$48.25||A-$56.25|
|Enhanced Instruction Permit||$25.25|
|Enhanced Provisional License||$28.25|
|Duplicate License or duplicate identification card||$11.75|
|Enhanced Duplicate License or enhanced duplicate identification card||$26.75|
|Minnesota identification card or Under-21 Minnesota identification card, other than duplicate, except as otherwise provided in section 171.07, subdivisions 3 and 3a||$16.25|
|Enhanced Minnesota identification card||$31.25|
In addition to each fee required in this paragraph, the commissioner shall collect a surcharge of $1.75 until June 30, 2012. Surcharges collected under this paragraph must be credited to the driver and vehicle services technology account in the special revenue fund under section 299A.705.
(b) Notwithstanding paragraph (a), an individual who holds a provisional license and has a driving record free of (1) convictions for a violation of section 169A.20, 169A.33, 169A.35, or sections 169A.50 to 169A.53, (2) convictions for crash-related moving violations, and (3) convictions for moving violations that are not crash related, shall have a $3.50 credit toward the fee for any classified under-21 driver's license. "Moving violation" has the meaning given it in section 171.04, subdivision 1.
(c) In addition to the driver's license fee required under paragraph (a), the commissioner shall collect an additional $4 processing fee from each new applicant or individual renewing a license with a school bus endorsement to cover the costs for processing an applicant's initial and biennial physical examination certificate. The department shall not charge these applicants any other fee to receive or renew the endorsement.
(d) An application for a Minnesota identification card, instruction permit, provisional license, or driver's license, including an application for renewal, must contain a provision that allows the applicant to add to the fee under paragraph (a), a $2 donation for the purposes of public information and education on anatomical gifts under section 171.075.
(a) For purposes of this section, the following terms have the meanings given:
(1) "commissioner" means the commissioner of transportation; and
(2) "guideway" means a form of transportation service provided to the public on a regular and ongoing basis, that operates on exclusive or controlled rights-of-way or rails in whole or in part, and includes each line for intercity passenger rail, commuter rail, light rail transit, streetcars, and bus rapid transit
(b) For purposes of this section, "sources of funds" includes, but is not limited to, money from federal aid, state appropriations, the Metropolitan Council, special taxing districts, local units of government, fare box recovery, and nonpublic sources.
(a) By November 15 in every odd-numbered year, the commissioner shall prepare, in collaboration with the Metropolitan Council, and submit a report electronically to the chairs and ranking minority members of the house of representatives and senate committees with jurisdiction over transportation policy and finance concerning the status of guideway projects (1) currently in study, planning, development, or construction; (2) identified in the transportation policy plan under section 473.146; or (3) identified in the comprehensive statewide freight and passenger rail plan under section 174.03, subdivision 1b.
(b) At a minimum, the report must include, for each guideway project:
(1) a brief description of the project, including projected ridership;
(2) a summary of the overall status and current phase of the project;
(3) a timeline that includes (i) project phases or milestones; (ii) expected and known dates of commencement of each phase or milestone; and (iii) expected and known dates of completion of each phase or milestone;
(4) a brief progress update on specific project phases or milestones completed since the last previous submission of a report under this subdivision; and
(5) a summary financial plan that identifies, to the extent available:
(i) capital expenditures, including expenditures to date and total projected expenditures, with a breakdown by committed and proposed sources of funds for the project; and
(ii) estimated annual operations and maintenance expenditures reflecting the level of detail available in the current phase of the project development, with a breakdown by committed and proposed sources of funds for the projects in the Metropolitan Council's transportation policy plan.
This section is effective July 1, 2008, and expires June 30, 2012.
Presented to the governor July 19, 2011
Signed by the governor July 20, 2011, 9:05 a.m.