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Minnesota Industry Leaders Urge State Lawmakers to Pass Bonding Bill and Federal Infrastructure Matching Funds in a Special Session
Minnesota Industry Leaders Urge State Lawmakers to Pass Bonding Bill and Federal Infrastructure Matching Funds in a Special Session
Minnesota may miss out on statewide capital projects and billions of dollars in federal infrastructure funding for transportation, 废水, 如果立法者不采取行动,能源也会受到影响

今天, 周二, 6月7日, 2022, 代表市县的明尼苏达州领导人, 公用事业公司, 交易, and construction 和能源 organizations hosted a press conference at the State Capitol to share the importance of Minnesota passing a bonding bill and securing federal infrastructure dollars through the 两党联邦基础设施法案. 两者都要实现, state lawmakers must come together in a special session and pass legislation in support of statewide bonding projects and appropriate required IIJA matching funds.

记者招待会上有来自 明尼苏达州美国工程公司理事会, 明尼苏达州联合总承包商, 明尼苏达县协会, 能源与环境中心, 明尼阿波利斯市公共工程部, 大明尼苏达城市联盟, 明尼苏达城市联盟, 明尼苏达州和北达科他州, 明尼苏达州市政公用事业协会.

地方政府和州机构已经提交了超过5美元.40亿美元的担保要求以支持当地项目并在全州范围内创造就业机会. Walz州长提出了2美元.70亿年结合法案今年早些时候和立法领导人已同意1美元.40亿美元的目标,但在5月23日议会休会时,还没有最终的法案.

IIJA国会通过并签署了总统拜登在2021年底. 明尼苏达州将获得大约7美元.30亿美元用于资助交通领域的基础设施项目, 废水及洁净水, 和能源. 其中约84%的资金需要明尼苏达州进行州配对才能解锁. 在立法机关休会的时候, 拨出相应资金的法案仍未通过. 如果立法者不采取行动,明尼苏达州可能会失去数十亿美元的资金.

在交通方面,IIJA预计将带来大约4美元的费用.在未来5年里,政府将总共拨款50亿美元用于道路和桥梁的升级和维修, 2.36亿美元用于全州公共交通, and $68 million for the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Program to support border-to-border deployment of electric vehicle charging stations along highway corridors.

在能源领域, IIJA investments intended for Minnesota include billions of dollars in funding to modernize and secure energy infrastructure across the state, 包括防范极端天气和网络攻击等破坏性事件, 更新输电线路, 支持新兴能源技术. IIJA also includes a total of $80 billion in grants available through the federal Department of Energy to states, 地方政府, 还有额外的电网升级和网络安全设施. Roughly two-thirds of the Department of Energy funding will become available during 2022 and will require a funding match.

支持全州清洁安全的饮用水, Minnesota is slated to receive $668 million through IIJA for infrastructure related to 废水 and drinking water.

上述投资的配套资金要求因项目而异. 所需的匹配是联邦投资的百分比,而不是一美元对一美元的匹配.

除了7美元.通过IIJA计划给明尼苏达30亿美元, another $200 billion is available in competitive grant opportunities for state and 地方政府. Failure to provide matching funds for IIJA programs will result in Minnesota not competing as well as other states in competitive grant opportunities. Resources to aid 地方政府 to pursue and secure this funding was also part of the unpassed legislation.

明尼苏达的领导们是怎么说团结和IIJA的:

明尼苏达州奥斯汀市市长史蒂夫·金:

“Cities like Austin play an essential role in ensuring Minnesota’s water is clean through our 废水, 雨水, 和饮用水系统. 这些系统的年龄和添加新规定, 这对我们的城市来说变得非常昂贵, which is why we need our legislators to return and pass a bonding bill that includes the matching federal funds and additional money for water projects. 目前有200多个城市正在规划水和废水处理基础设施项目, 州机构估计将花费12美元.在接下来的20年里全州投入30亿美元,以满足需求.

在通货膨胀加剧的时候, 拖延这些资金只会导致重要项目的成本增加. It is time for the Legislature to get back to work so that our cities can move forward with building and upgrading our water infrastructure.”

丹尼尔·莱特福特,明尼苏达城市联盟:

“明尼苏达州的城市需要立法机关回来完成这项工作. 联邦政府为地方基础设施项目提供了前所未有的资金, 但该州需要通过相应的资金来解锁这些关键投资. We also urge the legislature to pass a capital investment package to maximize state and local ability to move forward on shovel-ready projects in communities across the state. 如果不采取立法行动,许多重要项目将无法完成.”

乔迪•Teich, 明尼苏达县协会和明尼苏达县工程师协会, 斯登县工程师:

“Passage of the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) means additional investments in transportation and infrastructure for Minnesota, 但需要采取立法行动. 以最大限度地利用联邦资金, we need a stable flow of state matching dollars over the next five years as well as a direct appropriation from the Legislature to access formula fund increases. Counties urge the Legislature to come back and address these items so that the state and locals can spend additional dollars and compete for these discretionary grants. 错过这个机会,让资金流向其他国家将是不幸的.”

杰米•Fitzke中心能源和环境:

“没有采取立法行动, 明尼苏达州没有资格或时间限制的竞争, 若不是IIJA基金. 获得这些资金将为所有明尼苏达人节省金钱, 为全州范围内的基础设施和节能投资打开大门,服务于所有人. IIJA funds would make our state’s energy system more resilient and our buildings more energy efficient, while stimulating crucial innovations in energy research and development — all driving family-sustaining job opportunities statewide. We ask Minnesota’s legislators and the governor to call a special session to ensure we do not miss out on our state’s fair share of IIJA energy funds.”

Darrick Moe,明尼苏达州农村电力协会:

“明尼苏达州电力合作社的立法优先事项, 包括联邦基础设施投资的州配套基金, 是否完全同意税务和商务综合法案, 就业和能源法案等待立法机构的最终处理. We know there are bigger issues than ours that must be worked through and hope the Governor and legislative leadership can come to an agreement and finish the work of the 2022 session.”


LIUNA国际联络员兼劳工本地1091公司业务经理丹·奥尔森:

“今天’s local jobs and projects bill and federal infrastructure matches are our members’ jobs and livelihoods next year and beyond. Construction workers take seriously their responsibility to build and maintain safe infrastructure for all of us, but we cannot do our jobs if lawmakers do not do their job to approve these critical funds in the first place.”

明尼苏达州美国工程公司理事会的Jon Curry说:

“对于ACEC/MN来说,立法机构未能通过IIJA匹配是个人原因. 这不仅关乎基础设施,也关乎劳动力发展. 明尼苏达州现在有一个独特的机会,可以将9美元中的一小部分用于投资.25 b盈余美元变成所有明尼苏达州可以同意:改善我们的道路, 桥梁, 交通, 和废水系统. 如果立法机关不返回一个特别会议通过IIJA匹配, 明尼苏达州将是一个例外. 我们在明尼苏达州招聘和留住员工时遇到了困难. 我的恐惧, 和我的成员的恐惧, is that if the legislature fails to act we could have serious employee recruitment and retention issues in Minnesota. Young professionals may find Minnesota a less appealing place to work and live because there will be fewer opportunities than in surrounding states that put forward the match.”

肯特·苏莱姆,明尼苏达州市政公用事业协会:

市政公用事业的目标是提供可靠、负担得起和可持续的服务. Matching funds for the federal IIJA dollars would allow smaller 公用事业公司 to compete for money that would be used to help with resiliency and cybersecurity while keeping local costs down, 这反过来又为客户节省了钱.

Margaret Anderson Kelliher,明尼阿波利斯市公共工程部:

“立法机构已经把急需的基础设施资金置于危险之中. 缺乏行动将意味着当地基础设施的改善和必要的维修, 对当地街道进行升级和创新, 桥梁会倒塌,我们的基础设施会继续老化,效率会下降. 我们的市和州更有竞争力, 无论是在国内还是全球, 当有足够的基础设施投资时. 让我们不要把钱放在桌上而错过推进这些重大项目 . I strongly urge state leaders to find a way to pass a bonding bill and bring Federal funds back to Minnesota.”