Minnesota legislators strike last-minute deal on $2.6B infrastructure spending plan


Brian Peterson, Star Tribune

The Minnesota Capitol was somewhat quiet Saturday morning after lawmakers struck a deal overnight to devote up to $2.6 billion to infrastructure projects, with an increase in aid for nursing homes.

Minnesota lawmakers struck a last-minute deal to devote $2.6 billion to infrastructure projects, including an increase in aid for nursing homes.

An agreement signed by legislative leaders about 12:30 a.m. Saturday includes $1.5 billion of borrowing and more than $1.1 billion in cash for construction and repair projects across the state. It commits $300 million to distressed nursing homes, all or a portion of which could alternatively be used for other capital projects as GOP lawmakers see fit.

"We've put partisanship aside to make sure that, if you're going to save one thing, we've got to make sure that we are saving our nursing homes," Senate Republican Minority Leader Mark Johnson said during a Saturday news conference.



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