St. Paul, MN- The Minnesota House has approved the omnibus Job Growth and Energy Affordability bill (House File 843), which includes provisions aimed at making energy cleaner and more affordable, workforce housing and broadband development, and workforce training to help connect Minnesotans with better-paying jobs. The legislation, authored by Job Growth and Energy Affordability Committee Chair Pat Garofalo (R-Farmington), passed with bipartisan support on a 73 to 56 vote.
Rep. Mary Franson (R-Alexandria) had a provision included in the bill that provides funding for the Business Development Public Infrastructure Grant Program (BDPI).
The BDPI program provides grants to cities in Greater Minnesota of up to 50% of the capital costs of public infrastructure necessary to expand economic growth, retain or create jobs, or increase the tax base.
“Many of Greater Minnesota’s cities depend on this grant program to attract new businesses to their communities,” said Franson. “Thank you to Chair Garofalo for prioritizing investments in our rural communities as we continue to promote economic growth in Greater Minnesota.”