Senator Heather Gustafson Statement on Senate Republicans Blocking Local Infrastructure and Job Creation Projects

ST. PAUL, Minn. — On Thursday, the Senate voted on a bonding bill to invest in the infrastructure needs of communities across the state. Because a minimum of 41 votes are required to pass bonding bills, this legislation ultimately was blocked by Senate Republicans. In response, Senator Gustafson (DFL-Vadnais Heights) released the following statement:

“I am deeply disappointed that the bonding bill, which would have invested $1.5 billion into local infrastructure projects and repairs, created good paying jobs, and improved the lives of Minnesotans, was blocked by Senate Republicans. Today was a clear example of why Minnesotans voted in a DFL trifecta. When collaboration was necessary to move forward to deliver for Minnesotans, Republicans failed to work together and instead chose political games– and at the expense of Minnesotans in my district. The bonding bill that was derailed today had funding for a water treatment plant in Lino Lakes and for the Lino Lakes prison project, which would have made necessary and meaningful investments in my own community. Regardless of this setback today, I will not let this deter me from continuing to fight for these proposals.”

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Senator Heather Gustafson represents Senate District 36 which includes Centerville, Circle Pines, Lino Lakes, North Oaks, Vadnais Heights, and White Bear Lake. She is vice chair of the Education Finance Committee, and serves on the Agriculture, Broadband, and Rural Development Committee and the Jobs and Economic Development Committee.

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