St. Paul, MN - Today, the House Transportation Finance and Policy Committee passed legislation to authorize that $315,500,000 in 2023 be provided from the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The funds will be used to improve roads, bridges, transit, broadband internet access, water treatment facilities, and lead pipe replacement. In November of 2021, President Joe Biden signed the IIJA into law, which will result in $4.8 billion over the next five years in federal funding for the purpose of upgrading Minnesota’s infrastructure.
“The IIJA is an opportunity to make a large dent in our infrastructure needs”, said Rep. Erin Koegel (DFL - Spring Lake Park) chief author of the bill and chair of the House Sustainable Infrastructure Committee. “Minnesotans deserve a transportation system that is as safe as possible for drivers, pedestrians, and transit users. This is my highest priority.”
"We chose to pass this bill the first full week of session because of the urgency of matching federal funds to create jobs and move our state forward," said House Transportation Chair Frank Hornstein (DFL-Minneapolis).
The bill advanced on a bipartisan voice vote and will now go to the House Ways and Means Committee.