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

Expanding tourism


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

Serious deficiencies 

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

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