House DFL offers funding plan for greater Minn. housing, transportation
Minnesota House DFLers announced a $400 million plan aimed at outstate residents on Tuesday, a direct appeal to rural voters who live in areas that are already shaping up to be the defining battleground in the fight for control of the House.
The DFL plan, which shares a few similarities with Republican ideas, would spend money on rural broadband and roads, stepped-up oil-train safety, local government aid, and tax cuts for farmers and seniors.
House Minority Leader Paul Thissen, DFL-Minneapolis, said the DFL proposals were meant to empower small communities in rural Minnesota. Flanked by outstate DFL legislators at a news conference, Thissen quickly pivoted to an attack on the Republican majority, telegraphing an argument voters can expect to hear for the next 10 months.