Rep. Rob Ecklund promotes broadband investment with state surplus

The Duluth News Tribune posted comments and suggestions from about a dozen elected officials and community leaders on what to do with the projected $1.3 billion in state surplus forecast for the biennium. Representative Ecklund mentioned broadband…

“There are several strong indicators within the forecast, including a positive balance for the current biennium, continued low unemployment, and a healthy budget reserve. The forecast … is just a snapshot, though, and our economy could eventually slow down, so we need to remain careful going forward. We need to keep our focus on what will help families prosper and this includes investments in great schools, affordable health care for everybody, and good-paying job opportunities in every corner of the state with the help of tools like expanded high-speed broadband.

“Minnesota also has a strong credit rating with low interest rates available to us. We should use this opportunity to come together and pass a strong bonding bill next session, with investments in priorities like our colleges and universities, clean water infrastructure, and new jobs and economic vitality within our communities.”

— Rep. Rob Ecklund, DFL-International Falls, in a statement

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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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