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bridge, though, we had to break through a logjam and the question really is who should pay for the infrastructure, should it be the federal government? should it be state and local governments? it was funded largely by the state of wisconsin. when we talk about high-paid rail s versus high r highways. if we do it right. that's the question, who's making the choice of subsidizing things when we're running a $1.3 trillion deficit. i think these are very legitimate question. first of all, in terms of highway spending, again i'm new to this set of questions, who are the set of questions that the -- versus state and local governments.
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i'm not sure of the purpose, but the majority comes from the state, most of the federal money really gets spent on the interstate and the national highway system. but we can get that for you. >> part of the concern, is, when we make these funding decisions, these subsidy decisions, we really are subsidizing one region of the country or one state at the expense of others. how efficient, how effective do you think that's been going on over the years? >> well, it's helped, i think, build an interstate system, we didn't start in all 50 states. >> right. >> you know that. and so it was one state disadvantaged over another when they started in new york, but not in my home state of illinois? well maybe temporarily, but over 50 years, we ended up with a state of the art interstate system, if you look at transit systems in america, every community has some sort of
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transit, whether busses or light rail or some communities, streetcars. a lot of that was subsidized by federal taxpayers, now when one community got one and another one dint have one, does that mean one is disadvantaged? over time i think it's pretty much evened out. the fact that, you know, some things start ahead of other things, i think the country has benefitted from a national transportation view, which almost every president has had and really congress has had. when i served on the transportation committee for six years, we passed two transportation bills. with over 400 votes in the house and over 80 votes in the senate. it was bipartisan. >> and truthfully, a lot of that was bipartisan only going into certain areas. in terms of wisconsin. >> but it did help develop good transportation systems for
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america. >> i am supportive of infrasfruinfrasfru infrastructure, i really am. in terms of wisconsin, it is high-paid rail. and the question came for governor walker, i have a gate dale of support for this proposition. the annual operate costs is $6.5 million. you can cover about $9 million of that by fees and fares. so that leaves you about $7.5 million to be funded bring the wisconsin taxpayer and they just rejected it. when i have read articles on california high speed rails and we have airlines and we have spent on infrastructure on air travel. how long can government subsidize operations on something that never, ever will be economically viable. there's some real questions as
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to whether those would ever be economically viable and would be subsidized by taxpayers long-term. >> governor walker decided he didn't want high-paid rail, probably for the reasons that you just stated. but other governors have said they wanted it. governor snyder decided he wanted it in michigan. >> do you like bringing bacon here to the state? they're not going to be around to pay the bills in eight or 12 years sometimes, their term is over. i think it's a basic fact. >> my point is this, senator, we didn't shove high-paid rail down anybody's throat, when governor spot and governor walker made their decisions, we said fine, you're the one that got elected, but there's a pechbnt up demand
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florida. >> and i will say for bringing home the bacon, also irrespective of how economically viable those projects will be. in wisconsin, we want to see $8 million $10 million to go to infrasfrur. in terms of the level that the gas tax is not funny, just to kind of restate, what is that amount that's being covered by the oco? >> about half. just generally about half. >> which is about how much? >> $230 billion. >> part of it as i have come to realize, part of the reason our gas tax revenue is down is because fuel efficiency up. and it's politically poison to even think about raising the gas tax to refill that revenue stream. why not look for seriously at
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utilizing energy resources as a funding mechanism, more exploration in the gulf. >> when the president puts out a pay for, i assume that's what the debate's going to be about, that's what they're debating over in the house. they had to split their bill up into three bills, one of them is transportation and one of them is energy because they're trying to figure out a pay for. >> do you like the idea? >> i like the idea the president put out, half of it highway trust fund and half of it iraq money. i think it's a pretty good formula. >> thank you mr. chairman. >> i thank all senators who have participated and i thank the secretary very much for being here. as i have said many times, you ought to give seminars on how to testify. >> thank you, sir. i have been here 25 years and i don't think i have ever seen a more able witness. >> thank you. >> than secretary lahood.
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>> thank you. >> with that i want to unanimousing all parties, we'll have another hearing tomorrow, i hope the colleagues will participate.
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consider the president's 2013 transportation budget. it calls for $74 billion in total spending that's a 2% increase in spending from the last budget. and a reminder that you can read the president's entire budget request online at also available video of hearings and briefings and links to other pages. where sure to join us tonight
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for american history tv. historian richard norton smith lectures on the president. from washington's home in mt. vernon, virginia. that gets underway at 8:00 p.m. tonight here on cspan3. >> tonight, see the heads of the world bank and international monetary fund along with other global leaders as they talk about the future of the world economy. >> no one is immune in the current situation, it's not just a euro zone crisis, it's a crisis that could have collateral effects, spillover effects around the world. and we'll hear from others, but what i have seen and what we have seen in numbers and it forecast is that no country is immune and every country has an interest in making sure this crisis is resolved quickly.
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>> i have been public service for over four decades. let me share with you, i have never been as scared as now about the world, what is happening in europe, looking at fact -- what the experience is with the crisis we have. and the crisis we had in the 1990s, this is very big issue. first of all, i agree entirely with richard's letter, that nobody is immune, we are all connected to each other. >> and you can see this whole discussion tonight at 8:00 p.m. eastern on cspan. and we'll have more from the world economic forum tomorrow, including the panel on the political and economic future of africa. plus the ceos of several major corporations talk about the role their companies are playing in the global economic recovery. >> it is our cause to dispel the foggy thinking which avoids hard
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decisions in the delusion that a world of conflict will somehow mysteriously resolve itself into a world of harmony if we just don't rock the boat or irritate the forces of aggression and this is hogwash. >> as candidates campaign for president this year, we look back at 14 men who ran for the office and lost. go to our website, to see the contenders who had a lasting impact on american politics. >> this is also the time to turn away from obsessive preoccupation overseas to the rebuilding of our nation. america must be restored to her proper role in the world. but we can do that only through the recovery of confidence in ourselves. >>,/thecontenders.
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the nation's governors are headed here to washington, d.c. this weekend to attend the winter meeting of the national governor's association. our live coverage begins saturday at 10:00 a.m. eastern with the opening news conference, we'll also show you a discussion on growing state economies and beawe'll hear fro the economic development committees. as the governors convene here in the nation's capitol, we thought we would take the time to show you state of the state speeches around the country. governor mark dayton urged lawmakers to hold a vote in order to renovate the state capitol building. his address came during a joint session of the minnesota legislature. it's about 30 minutes. >> thank you very much. thank you. thank you very much. thank you very much. thank you very much.
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thank you very much. thank you. thank you very much. thank you. mr. speaker, members of the minnesota house of es president, members of the minnesota senate, madam chief justice and distinguished justices of minnesota supreme court. our fellow constitutional officers, members of my staff and cabinet, vice president mondale, governor anderson, other distinguished guests, family and friends. that's all minnesotans. my father is 93 years old. on sundays, we have lunch together at his home in long lake where i grew up. 62 years ago, my father bought 40 acres of mostly woods in a corn field for $6,000. he and my mother built a house there and we moved into it when i was 5 years old.
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over the years, my father acquired 130 more acres. he was the first person in minnesota to restore his field to their original prairie grass and flowers. now he's donated his land to the state of minnesota which is one of the oldest growing forests in our state. in october, as we surveyed the colors of his field, i said you know, dad, you have been a very good steward of this land, it's in so much better condition than it was when you bought it. i wonder how will our children and grandchildren view our steward ship? will we leave the state and the world in better condition than when we found it. the answer is for us to decide.
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i am hopeful because i believe in minnesota, i believe in minnesotans, and fortunately our state is now showing signs of a long-awaited and much needed economic recovery. even better, minnesota has regained its custom position maintaining other states' economic growth after lagging behind for much of the decade. minnesota's latest unemployment rate was 5.7%. well the country has regained less than half of the jobs lost during the great recession, minnesota has regained all of its lost employment. the number of employed minnesotans today is at an all-time high.
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minnesota' minnesota's% increase in 2007 was almost 5 times greater thoon the rest of the country. the 2012 state business tax index, ranked minnesota -- the top five were wyoming, nevada and there. minnesota's unemployment rates were -- our growth in afternoon hourly earnings equaled the best and beat the rest. the per capita income was 1eb8d high highest we're doing something right, in fact we are doing a lot right.
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there are people who want to work but cannot find a job. let's take your breast ideas and [ applause ] i have already sent you three junior jobs initiatives, our proposed bonding bill would prepare and upstate class rooms, it would improve our state parks, it would help vitalize downtown.
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eric anderson of mankato. brady from rochester. mayor dave fleis. they're up in the balcony, let's recognize the five outstanding mayors. my father and my uncles taught me the importance of continuously improving the downtowns of our major cities. they're the economic hearts of entire regions. the heart weakens, the rest of the body suffers. one-third of all minneapolis property taxes are paid by downtown enterprises. that keeps property taxes lower for everyone else in the city. every year, the city of rochester that owns the county sent almost 90 million dollars
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more to the state treasury in taxes than they received back in lga, school aid and other assistance. why would we want to help make these cities and other key cities as successful as possible? one national study estimates that the bond bill would create 2 1 21,700 jobs, most of them in the private sector. skeptical? divide that number by two, that's 10,000 more people that would be working across our state. develop your priorities quickly and pass the bonding bill within the next month. the sooner you act -- 6 [ applause ] the sooner you act, the sooner several thousands unemployed minnesotans will be renewing the work with those repairs and
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innovations required. pass the bonding bill now, please. i have also building a people's stadium which would provide private sector jobs for several thousand more minnesotans. i'm amazed that some people feel no urgency to put several thousand more minnesotans back to work. the legislative author senator rosen and representative lanning along with chairman ted mondale. they may be getting close to a site, a deal, and a bill. then it will be up to you in the legislature. some of you reportedly want to avoid voting on a stadium until after next fall's elections. that would be terribly unfair to the several thousand unemployed minnesotans who could be working on that project this year, and to the vikings. pass the stadium bill this session, please. [ applause ]
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my third jobs proposal is a jobs now tax credit to encourage businesses to hire unemployed minnesotans, veterans, and recent college graduates. it would reduce taxes to participating businesses while putting still more of our citizens to work. last week the minnesota national guards general richard nash reported that over the 3,000 minnesota guardsmen and women presently serving in kuwait, 22% of them will unemployed when they return home. after all they served our country heroically, 22% of them will not have jobs when they come back. that is shameful. that is why in addition to my jobs now tax credit, expanding the g.i. bill to provide educational benefits to all areas of veterans because unemployment may be as high as
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twice the state average. city upstairs, two minnesota veterans. dr. steve jackson served the united states army for 15 years in places like iraq. mr. jack marshall served for six years in the air force and did a tour in kuwait. mr. jackson, mr. marshall, thank you. [ applause ] these two heroes served our state and nation with great patriotism, valor, and honor. now they can't find jobs. that is wrong. to pass the jobs now bill and
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expand the minnesota g.i. bill, please. [ applause ] one area in which the legislature and my administration have worked well together is government reform. i look forward to continuing our bipartisan collaboration in streamlining permitting processes further, reducing the costs of public services, and make them more cost effective. we've already made real progress. the minnesota pollution control agency and the department of natural resources now complete 99% of their priority permit reviews within 150 days. we could make it still faster, and we will. it is already paying off, however. recently an energy consultant asked the minnesota pollution control agency about air permitting for a potential new business. and bca staff walked them through the general time lines and process.
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staff also offered to meet with the company in advance to help improve the proposal and provided a free application checklist. this consultant said he helps businesses in minnesota, wisconsin, illinois, south carolina, and cal. he had never heard of another state providing this kind of service. and our 150-day turn around seemed shorter than other states. i also received a note from a businessman whose wood products company employs 140 people in northern minnesota. last year his company invested about $4 million to improve its minnesota facility with the possibility of another $5 million this year me said, quote, none of this would have been possible without the cooperation of commissioner ossen and his department. commissioner philips indeed his business first stop is another step in the right direction. it is a one-stop shop where new and expanding businesses can make one call and get whatever help they need. under the expert toolage of
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companies like general mills, state agencies are implementing lean practices of continuous improvement which are saving taxpayers money and improving services. commissioner kronk and his department of administration saved $3 million in six months by revamping contracts with suppliers. the department of revenue under commissioner franz' leadership saved $1 million by implementing electronic check processing and greatly reduced the turn around time for tax refunds. at the department of agriculture, commissioner fred distribution son saved taxpayers $300,000 a year while also shortening the time for most grain and produce license renewals to less than 30 days. mr. lowenski op pit mizes state employees who works hard every day and enjoys little credit. he deserves some tonight. thank you.
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finally, commissioner parnell and her team are working hard to implement the legislature's decision last year to consolidate from i.t. functions. anything that gets representatives hugging on the floor deserves a legacy, and this will have one. the key to our future, as we all know, is education. as president obama says, we cannot compete other country if we don't out-educate them. that means we must develop the best educational systems in the world. despite our other difficulties last session, we agreed upon many significant education
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innovations. we enacted an alternative licensure path for teachers. we expanded early childhood education, and our doing so was crucial with minnesota winning the federal race to the top competition against 34 other states. we established the valuation requirements for both teachers and principles. we increased the aid formula by $50 for each student and each year. the first real increase since 2003. reenacted read by third grade which will be a priceless gift to the children of minnesota and their parents, from a wonderful legislative leader. in fact, two outstanding leaders of improving the quality of education in minnesota are retiring after this year. senator jen olson and mindy growly. let's pay tribute to them now. [ applause ]
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i want to pay tribute to another real minnesota hero of mine, senator gary koobley. great to have you here, senator. we accomplished a great deal last year by working together. u.s. department of education's approval of our no child left behind waiver along with our aforementioned race to the top success is testimonied to their confidence in the positive direction of minnesota's education innovation. that tremendous progress is attributed to the excellent
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leadership of commissioner and legislators of both parties. our challenge this year is to put all of it to work for the school children, parents, teachers, and administrators throughout minnesota. already, however, some legislators are advancing even more new proposals. so i have a novel idea. let's develop any education initiatives this year in cooperation with teachers rather than in conflict with them. [ applause ] the best education for all minnesota students should not be a political ploy, and i will not support anything that is. we've -- [ applause ] we face similar challenges to improve our colleges and universities throughout minnesota. unfortunately, unlike k-12 education where we increased funding last seson


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