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Cities, counties make plea for slice of big state surplus


January 9, 2023

Richard Tsong-Taatarii, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Construction along Interstate 94 in Minneapolis.

This Legislative season may be the best opportunity in decades for a city to get state funding for a project, with a record $17.6 billion state surplus offering some hope for long-neglected roads, bridges, buildings, and other infrastructure.

So will Stillwater get its wish for a new St. Croix River boat dock? How about Blaine's ask for Hwy. 65 safety improvements? Or Anoka's plan to make safety improvements to its Rum River Dam?

It likely will take bipartisanship. A bonding bill, typically used to borrow money to pay for infrastructure projects, requires three-fifths approval in both the House and the Senate. And there's a long list, said state Sen. Sandy Pappas, DFL-St. Paul.


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