Governor Tim Walz on Wednesday afternoon signed a 1.9-billion-dollar bonding bill for state public works projects — the largest in Minnesota history:

“This isn’t all that different than your own home…. You don’t let it run down.   You don’t let the roof fall apart or the windows crack and the foundation start to crumble. You invest and you build back up again.”

Jessica Looman with the Minnesota State Building and Construction Trades Council says COVID has caused a slowdown in private construction investment:

“When that happens, one of the things that we really have to count on is the public infrastructure investment stepping up to fill the gap, to make sure that union construction workers can keep going to work.”

The bonding bill had a tough road at the legislature when it was tangled up in COVID politics — but lawmakers came together in last week’s fifth special session and passed the measure just before the November election.