Water infrastructure is expected to be a large part of any state bonding bill.
(Image courtesy City of Redwood Falls)

The Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities is urging state lawmakers to pass at least a 1.5-billion-dollar bonding bill in the upcoming legislative session. Little Falls Mayor Greg Zylka says there should be at least 200 million dollars for water infrastructure projects, with over 300 Minnesota cities having critical water infrastructure projects in the works.

House Speaker Melissa Hortman says she’ll support the largest bonding bill the state can afford. Democrats other than Hortman have suggested a number as high as three-and-a-half-billion dollars. Governor Tim Walz has proposed about two billion, but Senate Republicans are talking about a bonding bill under one-billion dollars.