DFL Gov. Mark Dayton on Tuesday dismissed a Republican lawmaker's threat to block a high-speed rail line from Rochester to the Twin Cities, calling it "a good way to get a headline."
Rep. Pat Garofalo recently announced he plans to introduce a bill next session that would prohibit the state and regional rail authorities from moving ahead on the proposed Zip Rail project. The Farmington Republican called the project, which would run through his legislative district, a "Califonia-style boondoggle." He said he would rather see that money invested to upgrade U.S. 52.
Dayton was asked about Garofalo's proposed bill after a rail safety roundtable meeting in Red Wing. The governor said it's important to remember that Garofalo first has to get re-elected. And while the Republican can introduce any legislation he wants, "he is one of 201 legislators."