Minnesota Senate Transportation Chairman Joe Gimse praised the elimination of earmarks from the just-passed federal transportation bill.
Washington earmarks long have been attacked in Washington. They allow members of Congress, especially powerful ones, to designate federal money for projects in their areas.
At times, Gimse said, earmarks went unspent because state and local governments did not have funds to pay for their share of projects. That meant the money was not available for other projects.
“This bill required an enormous amount of compromise by members of both the Republican-led House and Democrat-led Senate,” the Willmar Republican said. “After years of short-term extensions that left members of Minnesota’s construction industry in a lurch, there will now be some certainty that their jobs will be more secure as we move forward.”