Local media take on proposed bipartisan state budget for broadband and special session

Here’s the take from a few media resources on the bipartisan bill drafted over the weekend and what it means for broadband and a predictions for the special session…

Duluth News Tribune (and several others such as Brainerd Dispatch and IN Forum)…

Greater Minnesota could see expanded access to broadband, more money for public schools and a tax cut for some as part of a budget framework put forth in the state Capitol.

And the legislative leaders and the governor specifically blocked out $40 million to go toward building out broadband in the next budget.

KNOX Radio (Grand Forks)…

In addition to the global targets agreed to by the Governor, Speaker of the House, and Senate Majority

Leader the following will be included in the final agreement:

1. $59.51 million for Broadband, Agriculture and Housing

• $40 million for broadband in FY20/21 only.

Twin Cities.com

Sunday’s agreement states that all that work was to be done by 5 p.m. Monday, but that deadline got blown.

Work did continue right to the end, with the Senate hurriedly passing a $385 million agriculture, housing and broadband bill after 11:30 p.m. House Republicans ran out the clock on that bill, stretching debate to midnight, when the chamber was adjourned.

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About Ann Treacy

I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I have been interested or involved in providing access to information through the Internet since 1994, when I worked for Minnesota’s first Internet service provider. I am pleased to be a part of the Blandin on Broadband Team. I also work with MN Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Rural Partners, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

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