Walz’s 2024 infrastructure proposal totals $982 million
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced his 2024 infrastructure plan on Tuesday afternoon.
The most recent plan Walz signed was the largest the state has ever seen, a $2.6 billion law back in June. It included $501 million for water infrastructure and $403 million for transportation — mostly roads and bridges, but also $72 million for bus rapid transit. A list of the projects and funding amounts can be found in the online bill text.
His new plan totals $982 million, including funding for water and transportation infrastructure, housing and public safety.
Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Erin Campbell as well as leaders and members of the Minnesota Building and Construction Trades Council attended a news conference where Walz announced his proposal.
“The investments in our 2024 Infrastructure Plan are investments in the wellbeing and future of Minnesota,” Walz said. “We have an obligation to ensure every Minnesotan has access to clean water, well-maintained infrastructure, safe communities, and state buildings that are safe and accessible. These projects will support local governments in their work to improve our infrastructure and create good-paying jobs in every corner of the state.”
“I appreciate the commitment of Governor Walz and Lt. Governor (Peggy) Flanagan to crafting a strong Capital Investment Bill this year,” said Rep. Fue Lee (DFL-Minneapolis), the chair of the House Capital Investment Committee. “As we work to craft our own proposal in the House, we’ll do so in a way that protects what we have, builds what we need, and lifts up communities too often left behind when it comes to state investment. I look forward to working with the Walz Administration and our colleagues in the Senate to deliver on these investments that make our entire state a better place to live, work, and raise a family.”
A Republican lead on the committee, on the other hand, expressed concerns that the infrastructure proposal is too small.
“I’m still gathering information from constituents, stakeholders, and my caucus on which priorities a bonding bill should have this year,” Sen. Karin Housley (R-Stillwater) said. “I am concerned there isn’t more money in this proposal for local needs across the state. Wastewater treatment and crumbling roads might not be glamorous, but they are the basic necessities that every community needs to thrive.”
The 2024 legislative session starts on Feb. 12.