Minneapolis mayor proposes further investment in climate action

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Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey announced what his office called a “historic” investment in climate action in Minneapolis during a Wednesday news conference.

Alongside City Council President Andrea Jenkins, Council Vice President Linea Palmisano, Council Members Aisha Chugtai and Lisa Goodman, local union leaders and climate advocates at Edison High School, Frey announced new funding to support the City of Minneapolis’ Climate Equity Plan, which aims to reduce climate pollution by 2030 and become carbon neutral by 2050.

Frey says he’s proposing another $8 million to $10 million budgeted in 2024 and each following year. He says it’ll triple the city’s climate action efforts.

That funding will be raised through gas and electric utility fees, the mayor said, with the estimated impact expected to cost the average homeowner $8 to $12 per year.