Largest Infrastructure Package in Minnesota History
The Legislature passed a $2.592 billion infrastructure investment package with bipartisan support, the largest in state history, to address the severe backlog of capital improvement needs statewide resulting from the Legislature’s failure to pass an infrastructure bill in either 2021 or 2022. Consisting of 384 separate project appropriations totaling $1.517 billion in general obligation bonds and $1.075 billion in general fund cash, it includes many pressing state agency priorities, from the renovation of buildings across the University of Minnesota and Minnesota State systems to the construction of a new State Emergency Operations Center and Homeland Security and Emergency Management Office, as well as a wide range of critically-important local projects across Minnesota, from flood hazard mitigation in Roseau to bridge construction in St. Paul and wastewater treatment facility improvements in Albert Lea.
Rural Broadband Investments
Access to robust broadband is now recognized as a critical factor in the economic and social sustainability of all Minnesota communities. Without reliable internet, farmers struggle to modernize their businesses to stay competitive. The Agriculture budget provides $100 million for broadband development.