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Release: Rep. Rehm votes to approve $1.9 billion in Local Jobs and Projects, funding for Highway 18 in Carver County

Thursday, March 9, 2023


St. Paul, MN – On Monday, in a major step towards completing the work set by last session’s bipartisan framework agreement, the Minnesota House passed two pieces of capital investment legislation that would deliver nearly $1.9 billion for local jobs and projects throughout the state. The package of legislation is split between a $1.5 billion bonding bill (HF 669), using General Obligation (GO) bonds, and a $393 million cash bill (HF 670) through the general fund.

The bill will deliver $3,760,000 million to Carver County to help improve Highway 18, known as 82nd Street West, from Bavaria Road to Highway 41.

Representative Lucy Rehm (DFL-Chanhassen), who is carrying the legislation to improve safety on the roadway, voted in support of the bills.

“With an anticipated population growth of 49% in Carver County by 2040, our residents expect and deserve updates to the dated, dirt roadway to meet the needs of our developing region and our modern transportation needs,” said Rep. Rehm. 

House File 669, the first bill taken up, focuses on taking care of existing infrastructure and leveraging federal funds that are available for certain projects. The bill also restores and protects our natural spaces, and funds critical infrastructure, such as water and transportation systems, that allow communities throughout the state to grow and thrive.

House File 670’s cash-funded projects include investments to protect communities from flooding, create safer nonmotorized transportation options, provide clean water, expand local recreational opportunities, modernize healthcare facilities, ensure safe shelter for youth, and increase educational and job training opportunities, among other things. It also includes numerous investments in BIPOC-led nonprofits that provide essential community services.

Bills that utilize GO bonds must originate in the House and require a supermajority to pass. House Fille 669 passed on a vote of 91-43. House File 670 passed on a vote 98-36. Video of today’s debate can be found on the House Public Information YouTube channel