Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz signs $1.9 billion public works bill
October 22, 2020
Gov. Tim Walz signed a $1.9 billion public works infrastructure package into law Wednesday, touting the jobs it will add as a growing number of Minnesotans have given up on looking for work amid the pandemic.
"The ability to create jobs, get them in the pipeline and be able to build is going to be absolutely critical for keeping these folks employed and keeping the state moving forward," Walz said as he signed the bill at the Ironworkers Union Local 512 training center in St. Paul.
The measure included historic levels of state-backed borrowing for public projects, known as bonding, as well as additional state-agency spending and a tax break to help farmers and small businesses when they buy equipment.