Duluth News Tribune: Greater Minnesota cities hope for $105 million aid boost, bonding bill after ‘disappointing’ 2022 session

EXCERPT: “Local governments outside the Twin Cities metro area are hoping the Minnesota Legislature will act this year to increase local government aid and fund major public infrastructure projects. The Minnesota Legislature wrapped up the 2022 last session without passing any significant spending legislation, including the large infrastructure borrowing bill it traditionally advances in even years. The Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities, which represents more than 100 cities outside the metro, said last year’s session was “disappointing” and called on state leaders to use Minnesota’s record surplus to help with local aid for public projects. ‘Last month’s announcement of the state’s historic $17.6 billion budget surplus has provided the legislature and the governor with a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make critical investments to address pressing needs across the state,’ coalition Executive Director Bradley Peterson told reporters on a call Monday, Jan. 9.” FULL STORY: https://fluence-media.co/3GSbscD