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Minnesota Legislature passes infrastructure package as end of consequential 2023 session approaches


Jeff Wheeler, Star Tribune

María Isa Pérez-Vega, DFL, 65B, St. Paul spoke in support of the Health and Human Services finance bill on the floor of the house Monday evening. The Minnesota Legislature scrambled to complete their work before their midnight deadline for adjourning Monday, May 22, 2023 at the State Capitol in St. Paul.

Minnesota lawmakers passed the largest infrastructure package in state history Monday, capping a legislative session where Democrats pushed through some of the most monumental spending and policy changes in a generation.

They sent a $2.6 billion infrastructure package, with $1.5 billion of borrowing and nearly $1.1 billion in cash, to DFL Gov. Tim Walz for his signature. In the final hours of session, legislators signed off on the last piece of the infrastructure deal that directs $300 million to distressed nursing homes and approved a sweeping human services funding bill.

"The investment that we're making here - whether that's in local communities here in the metro area or in greater Minnesota - we are making a significant impact into everybody's lives," said infrastructure bill sponsor Rep. Fue Lee, DFL-Minneapolis. "Whether that's the road that we drive on, the drinking water that we have, or the community centers and the cultural centers that we have around the state."


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