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Senate Republicans reject Minnesota infrastructure package


March 17, 2023

Jessie Van Berkel, Star Tribune

Carpenters union member Mandy Reese of Zumbrota called on senators to pass the infrastructure bill Thursday, saying it would create construction industry jobs.

A $1.9 billion package to repair Minnesota roads, upgrade wastewater systems and fix other infrastructure appears to be the first casualty of this year's legislative session.

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle said they still want to pass construction and maintenance funds. But negotiations just got murkier.

Seven Senate Republicans needed to join Democrats in supporting an infrastructure deal Thursday, which required a supermajority to pass. In the House, more than enough GOP representatives backed the funds. Senate Republicans, however, remained firm on a repeated vow: Before they agree to borrowing, they want tax cuts.


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