MinnPost: 2020 Legislature: Rural focus shifts from general aid to funding for water projects, bridge and road repairs

EXCERPT: “During the last few legislative sessions, several groups that represent cities in Greater Minnesota unified around a major request: more money for Local Government Aid, the longstanding cost-sharing program that helps cities cover their expenses. That campaign paid off as Gov. Tim Walz signed legislation that boosted the amount of money put into the program by more than $30 million for both 2020 and 2021. This year, cities have coalesced around another financial-aid request, this time for money that would help them pay for aging wastewater and drinking water facilities. Walz has included $200 million for such projects in a proposed $2.6 billion infrastructure spending bill that would pay for an assortment of initiatives across the state. It’s just a starting point, of course, as the amounts are likely to change; bonding packages must garner broad support – three-fifths of the votes in both the House and Senate – to pass the Legislature.” FULL STORY: https://fluence-media.co/2tlIsXW