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INFRASTRUCTURE

With nearly $1.6 billion in state and federal funding for water and sewer improvements entering the coffers of cities and rural water systems, engineering and contracting firms in the state are bracing for impact.
The current framework for the bonding proposal would put $1 billion toward state agency projects with an emphasis on preserving existing assets. Local projects would get $400 million. But with just hours before a deadline to pass any bills, no proposal had fully materialized.
After bids for the project came in at 34.6% and 38.4% higher than the engineer's estimate, the city is reassessing its options for the jointly-funded project.
Lawmakers traditionally work on borrowing bills for public infrastructure bills in even-numbered years.

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Earmarks have been absent from spending bills since the early years of Barack Obama’s presidency. Now they're back under names like "congressionally directed spending" and "community project funding." In the past week, Minnesota Democrats have put out statements touting millions in direct funding they obtained for Minnesota. All but two members of Minnesota’s congressional delegation had their names attached to some earmarks.
Minnesota health department and pollution control officials estimate the state will need to spend $12.5 billion over the next 20 years to keep up with waste and drinking water needs.
President Joe Biden made Superior his first stop following his State of the Union address.

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