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RELEASE: House Approves Bonding Package

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

SAINT PAUL – The Minnesota House approved omnibus bonding bills on Monday, the last day of the 2023 Legislative Session. Rep. Kristin Robbins (R-Maple Grove) secured funding for several important projects for District 37A in the bills, including:

  • $450,000 for Medina, Loretto, and Independence Railroad Crossing
  • $3 million for Greenfield Road Improvement
  • $6 million for the Maple Grove Community Center
  • $10 million for the Water Treatment Facility in Corcoran

“These projects have been top priorities for our cities, and I am pleased to be able to deliver this critical funding for our district,” state Robbins. “Providing for the infrastructure needs of our communities is a core function of government and these projects will make a difference in our communities.”

Robbins also fought to provide ongoing funding for the Small Cities Aid program, which had previously only received one-time funding. The new Small Cities Aid will provide dedicated infrastructure funding for cities with populations of less than 5,000 people. Currently, these cities do not qualify for any of the other programs that provide dedicated funding for infrastructure through counties or townships. Small Cities in District 37A which will receive funding under this program, based on population and geographic size, include:

  • $91,185 for Greenfield
  • $99,409 for Independence
  • $20,363 for Loretto
  • $40,756 for Maple Plain

“For too long, small cities across Minnesota have been overlooked,” said Robbins. “Providing ongoing funding for this program was a top priority for several Mayors in our district, who have no other source of revenue to fund local road projects. This program will provide a measure of stability and on-going funding they can use to plan for long-term, larger projects.”