Minnesota needs infrastructure funding now more than ever—but bonding bills in the state legislature failed during Spring 2020.

As the COVID-19 pandemic dramatically affects Minnesota’s economy, now is the time to fund infrastructure improvement. These large-scale projects will keep people working, create jobs, and curb economic impacts.

After decades of under-funding and neglect, our systems and structures are deteriorating, even failing. In 2018, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) evaluated nine infrastructure categories in Minnesota—aviation, bridges, dams, drinking water, energy, ports, roads, transit, and wastewater. Our report card gave us an overall grade of C.

Our state’s economy and our quality of our life depend on safe infrastructure that meets the current and future needs of our cities and rural communities. Aging structures inhibit economic growth and—as we’ve seen in some high profile disasters—endanger our lives. Polls show broad public support for infrastructure funding.

The need is urgent. Please urge your legislators to support infrastructure improvements in Minnesota. Their passage of a state bonding bill will keep people working, provide skilled labor and trade jobs, and address infrastructure concerns throughout the state.

Raise Our Grade, Minnesota is a nonpartisan, nonpolitical, shared commitment. We can help raise Minnesota’s grade—together. 

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Exceptional

Fit for the future

Contributing to a robust MN economy 

Making Minnesota a tourism destination

Aiding farmers in getting product to market

Bringing businesses to the state, cities, and local communities

Sustaining revenue streams

Notably improving the well-being of all Minnesotans

Good

Adequate for now

Minimal capacity issues

Solid systems with room for improvement

Creating jobs in engineering, construction

Linking urban and rural communities for expansion of commerce

Building business opportunities for Minnesotans

Expanding tourism

Mediocre

Requires serious attention

Substandard structures and systems

Nearing the end of usability

Creating unforeseen risks and concerns

Under-utilizing Minnesota workers and professionals

Not advancing the economies of local, city, and state communities

Poor

At risk of failure

Serious deficiencies 

Unsafe systems and structures

Detracting from tourism

Creating barriers to full economic fulfillment

Reducing Minnesota’s appeal to business development

Failing

Unfit for purpose

Dangerous to individuals

Devastating to businesses and economic development

Exodus of people, businesses, educational institutions, recreation

Poor quality of life

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