Mesabi Daily News reports on how budget talks were going at the Capitol…
Broadband funding varies in the three budget proposals on the table.
Dayton suggests spending $60 million, the Senate $20 million and the House slightly more than $7 million.
Miller indicated that he wants to spend more than his bill’s $20 million. “Hopefully, we will be able to find more resources.”
Communities with little money and little broadband connectivity would especially benefit from Miller’s bill, he said. It lowers local contributions the state requires from the existing 50 percent to 35 percent.
The $20 million in Miller’s bill would provide broadband to 8,000 more Minnesotans.