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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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