Klobuchar: Nashville voters opposed funding transit alone

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., speaks at the Heartland Forum held on the campus of Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa, Saturday, March 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Democratic presidential hopeful Amy Klobuchar has weighed in on Nashville’s 2018 transit referendum, saying it failed partly because voters weren’t sure they wanted to fund the initiative just locally.

The U.S. senator from Minnesota gave her take Wednesday while touting her infrastructure plan at Fisk University with local officials, trade group representatives, and others.

Klobuchar contended Nashville voters also, in part, felt left behind by the federal government and its priorities.

She suggested a local transit plan contingent on federal money coming through.

Klobuchar says her plan would provide $1 trillion to fix roads and bridges, among other projects. She wants to raise $400 billion from increasing the corporate tax rate to 25 percent after President Donald Trump’s 2017 tax law lowered it from 35 percent to 21 percent.

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