Senator Hauschild’s Legislation Increasing Water Infrastructure Grant Funding Included in Omnibus Jobs Policy Bill

[SAINT PAUL, MN] — The Minnesota Senate passed its Omnibus Jobs Policy Bill in a bipartisan vote of 38-29 vote Monday, which included provisions authored by Senator Grant Hauschild (DFL-Hermantown) increasing the amount of grant funding available to rural communities for clean water and water infrastructure projects.

“As the construction costs related to upgrading and maintaining water infrastructure increase, the cost burden is felt by those working-class and rural communities that need these upgrades the most,” said Sen. Hauschild. “This legislation will ease that burden by making sure more funding is available to these communities for the upgrades to water infrastructure they need. Clean water isn’t a luxury but a necessity, and this change will help make sure all Minnesotans have access to it.”

The changes authored by Senator Hauschild that were included in the Omnibus Jobs Policy Bill, S.F. 4027, increase the maximum allowable grant for the Clean Water Revolving Fund and Drinking Water Revolving Fund from $5 million to $10 million, and increase the grant cap for the Point Source Implementation Grant (PSIG) program from $7 million to $12 million. The revolving funds and PSIG grants are managed by the Public Facilities Authority to provide support for municipalities in clean water and water infrastructure projects.

Senator Grant Hauschild represents Senate District 3 – the Arrowhead, Iron Range, and Northland. He is vice chair of the Labor Committee, and serves on the Education Policy Committee, Environment, Climate, and Legacy Committee, and Taxes Committee.

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