Gov Walz sign the Ag, Rural Dev and Housing budget – including funds for broadband

The Albert Lea Tribune reports…

Gov. Tim Walz on Tuesday signed the Agriculture, Rural Development and Housing budget in a ceremonial signing with representatives from all sectors of agriculture in attendance.

The budget bill was part of several bills passed out of the Legislature during a special session May 24. Rep. Jeanne Poppe (DFL-Austin), chairwoman of the House Agriculture and Food Finance Committee and chief author of the bill, attended the signing.

And mentions the investment in broadband…

A lack of reliable, high-speed broadband internet service remains a significant barrier for many of Minnesota’s communities, making it difficult for students to learn and for small businesses to compete. The final bill includes a $40 million investment in the state’s border-to-border broadband program, delivering rural communities access to the internet speeds they deserve.

This has been seen by many in the ag industry as a necessary step in giving farmers and small businesses equal footing in being able to remain competitive.

“I think broadband is really important to try and get to remote parts of the state that don’t have access to broadband and high speed internet,” Poppe said. “But, there are people in the House that say, ‘no, we now have satellites going into space, we don’t need to put things in the ground.’

The Minnesota Senate Republican Caucus also wrote about the signing…

On Tuesday, Senator Bill Weber (R-Luverne), chair of the Senate Agriculture, Rural Development, and Housing Policy Committee, was present as Governor Tim Walz ceremonially signed the agriculture budget into law.

“I was glad to be present as the governor signed this bipartisan legislation into law,” said Senator Weber. “This bill is a result of bipartisan cooperation and prioritizes farm families and development across Greater Minnesota. At a time where farm income is on a multi-year decline, this bill includes investments in programs that aim to expand markets and improve bottom lines while recognizing the struggle to make ends meet.”

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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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