City leaders from Greater Minnesota meeting in Alexandria recently did not fail to notice that the incoming Democratic majorities in the Minnesota House and Senate will not have very many non-metro lawmakers. Thief River Falls Mayor Brian Holmer, president of the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities says:
“Now’s the time to step up on the One Minnesota. Everybody in the state when they drive out of the metro area, even into the rural areas, they expect to have clean water and good infrastructure with roads and bridges and everything else.”
Holmer says officials in Greater Minnesota cities will lobby lawmakers for adequate state aid (Local Government Aid) plus a bonding bill for state public works projects. Legislators will probably have a multi-billion-dollar projected budget surplus, which the 2022 legislature left uncommitted due to deadlock between Democrats, Republicans and the governor.