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Our Voice: Kate Wolford: The hour is late for Central Corridor

May 2, 2008 - Commentary, Star Tribune. If we don't seal the deal on this light-rail line, we've much to lose: Federal funding, new jobs, a brighter future.

Time is running out for the state to capitalize on current and potential investments in the Central Corridor. With the close of the legislative session rapidly approaching, now is the time to broker a bipartisan agreement to ensure the success of the light-rail transit line connecting the Twin Cities' downtowns.

The McKnight Foundation has invested decades and millions of dollars in good ideas to maintain Minnesota's quality of life and economic health. That is why we have joined with other local and national funders to pledge more than $5 million to strengthen the community benefits of the Central Corridor.

Like many Minnesotans, we know that investing in this transportation initiative makes sense because:

We know our elected leaders — from both sides of the aisle — want to see Minnesota succeed and continue to thrive. Along with many in the community who know the value of a good idea, we think it's time to come together and find a solution to fund the Central Corridor.

Kate Wolford is president of the McKnight Foundation.

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