As we learn more about this historic federal law, it’s clear that in tandem with the IIJA, now is the opportune time for the state to step up and truly make a transformative generational investment in our state. In addition to the required matches to access these federal funds, we can go even further to deliver for the communities and peoples too often ignored when it comes to state and federal resources.
The IIJA brings in an estimated $7.3 billion to Minnesota, with 84% of that requiring a state match. The majority of these estimated funds, $5.4 billion, are dedicated to the Department of Transportation, with $852 million going to the Met Council, $668 million to the Public Facilities Authority, $159 million for Commerce, $103 million to the DEED’s Office of Broadband Development, and $18 million to MNIT and Public Safety. You can find a breakdown of these funds here.
Bonus Pay for Frontline Workers
??The workers who kept our state running during the darkest hours of the pandemic deserve more than our thanks and adoration, they deserve to be paid! This week, the House DFL made progress on our efforts to deliver bonus checks for the frontline workers that never had a 'work from home' option, often at the expense of risking the well-being of themselves and their families.
Minnesota has come a long way since the start of this pandemic, and our recovering economy is thanks in large part to the healthcare workers, bus drivers, teachers, janitors, food service workers, and others that continue to keep Minnesota operational during uncertain times. We’re proposing a $1 billion investment to ensure these eligible workers get bonuses of up to $1,500, which they’ve certainly earned.
You can read more about this legislation here.
The Minnesota House will continue to conduct our work in remote and virtual operations for the time being, which unfortunately means we’re not yet to the point where you can visit with me in-person in the House offices. To stay up to date on the latest news and the livestreams of committee hearings and floor debates, you can visit the House Public Information website and read the nonpartisan Session Daily newsletter.
If you didn’t catch my previous update, I am asking our community to take a brief legislative survey to help guide our work in the Minnesota House this year. If you have a moment, I’d greatly appreciate it.
Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions, comments, or concerns you have about our work at the Minnesota House. You can reach me at 651-296-4262 or email at email@example.com. I look forward to hearing from you.