A special session will take place Sept. 9 to appropriate disaster relief funding for rebuilding damaged infrastructure and aiding cleanup efforts after storms hit Minnesota in June.
Most of the damage occurred in 18 counties spanning the western, central and southern parts of the state. The damage total is estimated to be $18 million. The state will pay 25 percent and receive a 75-percent match from the federal government.
I began my first term in the Minnesota House determined to advocate for Greater Minnesota. A top concern of mine is how legislative influence tilts strongly toward the Twin Cities.
There are 29 House committees, 22 of which are chaired by metro legislators. What is truly baffling is agriculture finance decisions will now be made by a committee with a Minneapolis environmentalist chairperson who has voted against almost all of the ag finance bills the last decade.
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