Statewide Investments Will Energize Economy and Strengthen Minnesota’s Water, Transit, and Community Infrastructure
ST. PAUL, Minn. — On the final day of the 2023 legislative session, Senate Capital Investment Committee Chair Senator Sandy Pappas (DFL-St. Paul) ushered a monumental infrastructure and jobs package to passage on the Senate floor. A combined $2.3 billion in bonds (HF 669) and cash funding (HF 670) will be put to work improving and expanding upon Minnesota’s state assets, including road and bridge projects, water and waste treatment improvements, construction on state colleges and universities, local governments, and funding for proven community groups and nonprofits. These bills will bring thousands of well-paying jobs to Minnesota, in addition to the future economic opportunities offered by the projects themselves.
“This legislation will be a north star for communities across the state who will benefit from the monumental investments in this measure,” said Senator Pappas. “The infrastructure and jobs package that we passed today answers the calls for support that we’ve heard throughout this session. Town and city leaders have come to the Capitol for months to share their urgent needs in water quality, road and bridge safety, waste management, local government projects and more. Today, we lived up to our promise as legislators to deliver the resources our constituents need to live safe, healthy, and fulfilling lives.
“This legislation will help towns and cities across the state pay for vital projects that will ensure clean drinking water, thriving natural areas, safe roads and bridges, and robust community resources for all Minnesotans. It will create thousands of well-paying union jobs and ensure businesses have the infrastructure they need to build in Minnesota for years to come. This package will relieve the backlog of projects that has built up over the past few years and get us back on track to taking care of the people who rely on us in a timely, responsible manner. I look forward to seeing these shovel-ready projects get off the ground.”
HF 669, which required a two-thirds majority vote, passed 56-11, and HF 670 passed 35-14. The House concurred shortly after, and the bills will now go to Governor Walz’s desk to be signed into law.