MN to get $5 billion for COVID relief – broadband would be a good fit

Minneapolis Star Tribune reports…

Billions of dollars for public construction projects would come raining down on Minnesota in the coming years if President Joe Biden’s push for a massive infrastructure package is successful.

Fresh off passing $1.9 trillion in COVID relief, the new Democratic White House is turning next to an even more ambitious spending proposal. The Biden administration is briefing congressional allies and interest groups on hopes for at least $3 trillion in new federal money for a range of domestic priorities, including $1 trillion for roads, bridges and other transportation projects nationwide.

Minnesota will get a slide of it…

Almost $5 billion is now bound for Minnesota state and local governments from the COVID relief bill, intended to ease a pandemic-driven strain on public services. The administration has not yet detailed an infrastructure plan, but the size of spending under discussion carries the potential to transform the state’s economy and physical landscape.

Broadband is a part of it…

An expansive definition of infrastructure is likely in whatever Biden proposes, encompassing not just transportation systems but also power grids, broadband networks, wastewater treatment facilities and affordable housing projects. Progressive policy goals will influence project lists and construction standards.

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About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (blandinonbroadband.org), hosts a radio show on MN music (mostlyminnesota.com), supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota (elimstrongtowershelters.org) and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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