Infrastructure affects all Minnesotans. Every person and every business uses highways, bridges, water treatment, energy, aviation, and more. Our state’s economy and our quality of life depend on sound, safe infrastructure.
But after decades of under-funding and neglect, these 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 GPA of C.
The need for improvement is urgent, and polls show broad public support for infrastructure funding. Aging structures inhibit economic growth and—as we’ve seen in some high profile disasters—endanger our lives.
Raise Our Grade, Minnesota is a nonpartisan, nonpolitical, shared commitment. By asking our legislators to make infrastructure funding a priority, we can help raise Minnesota’s grade—together.
See what’s possible! Move the grade to see the effects.
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
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
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
At risk of failure
Unsafe systems and structures
Detracting from tourism
Creating barriers to full economic fulfillment
Reducing Minnesota’s appeal to business development
Unfit for purpose
Dangerous to individuals
Devastating to businesses and economic development
Exodus of people, businesses, educational institutions, recreation
Poor quality of life