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DFL Party Blasts Minnesota Republicans for Voting Against $1 Billion for Great Lakes Restoration


Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act continues to deliver for Minnesota, no thanks to Republicans

Today, President Biden and the Environmental Protection Agency announced that $1 billion in funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will be directed to clean up and restore the Great Lakes’ most environmentally degraded sites. This will boost Minnesota’s economy, create good-paying jobs, and deliver a more clean and safe environment.

These benefits to Minnesotans come no thanks to Republican Representatives Hagedorn, Emmer, Fischbach, and Stauber, who all opposed President Biden’s infrastructure bill.

“President Biden’s investment in restoring the Great Lakes will boost Minnesota’s economy, restore our environment, and create good-paying jobs,” said DFL Party Chairman Ken Martin. “This announcement further proves that Minnesota Republicans put partisan politics ahead of good jobs and a stronger economy when they voted against President Biden’s infrastructure bill. Representatives Hagedorn, Emmer, Fischbach, and Stauber have made it clear that their only goal is trying to block President Biden’s agenda, even if that means hurting their own constituents.”

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, “in 2018, an independent economic study from the Great Lakes Commission and the University of Michigan found that every Great Lakes Restoration Initiative dollar spent produces an additional $3.35 of economic activity. For older industrial cities, including [Areas of Concern] such as Buffalo and Detroit, the study found that there may be more than $4 in additional economic activity for each federal dollar spent. A 2020 analysis of the Great Lakes determined that the region supports more than 1.3 million jobs, generating $82 billion in wages annually.”