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Minnesota needs more than $3 billion for aging infrastructure, Gov. Walz says


January 27, 2023

Alex Kormann, Star Tribune

A group including Gov. Tim Walz, Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan, Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter and General Manager Patrick Shea stand in the center of a lime softening clarifier during a tour of McCarrons Water Treatment Plant Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023 at St. Paul Regional Water Services in Maplewood.

Gov. Tim Walz pitched a $3.3 billion plan Thursday to maintain and update Minnesota infrastructure, from roads to university buildings to housing.

The DFL governor released his proposal as legislators are moving quickly on a borrowing and spending bill about half that size. Minnesota faces a growing stack of requests from state agencies, local governments and outside groups seeking help with expensive construction and maintenance projects.

"We're here today to talk about a bonding bill that will put money into the projects like you saw right here at this facility," Walz said after touring the St. Paul regional public drinking water utility that is undergoing a massive overhaul. "Making sure Minnesotans have the things they need ... clean water, safe roads, good bridges. All of the things that make life better, make life safer and make our economy work."


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