The Senate released their bonding bill this morning with a proposal to spend $1.8 billion on public infrastructure projects across the state. The Senate plan includes significantly more park and trail projects than did the governor’s $1.4 billion proposal. Specifically, the Senate proposal includes:
The Senate plan – which will undergo several rounds of revisions before the end of session – would be a significant investment in Minnesota’s parks and trails. Unfortunately, however, the Senate bill still leaves many important projects unfunded.
The next major step in the bonding process is for the House to release its bonding bill, which is expected to be significantly smaller than the Senate proposal. For projects not included in the Senate plan, it is critical to reach out to your representative and urge them to include funding in the House bonding bill. Parks & Trails Council will continue working with legislators in both chambers as the bonding discussion continues to evolve.
In other legislative park and trail happenings from last week: