ACTION ALERT: Urge legislative leaders to provide at least $10M in funding for the BDPI program/$3M for job training

The legislative session may be winding down, but the bonding bill is still very much in flux. The Senate has yet to unveil its version of the bonding bill, but the House and Governor both include $5 million for the Business Development Public Infrastructure (BDPI) program in their proposals. The average funding for this program has been $10 million a biennium since it debuted in 2003. It is critical that the legislature continue to show its commitment to this valuable and successful program by providing at least $10 million this biennium for the BDPI program.

We are also working to secure $3 million in funding for the Job Training Partnership program in the Supplemental Budget Bill. This program will provide training grants to businesses that have hired new employees and need some assistance training them, reducing the Greater Minnesota Skills Gap.

Please contact Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, Speaker of the House Paul Thissen and Capital Investment Committee Chairs Rep. Alice Hausman and Sen. LeRoy Stumpf immediately and urge them to include at least $10 million for the BDPI program from the bonding bill.

  • The Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) recommended $10 million in funding for the BDPI program.
  • Since the program began, 107 Greater Minnesota cities have received BDPI grants to help cover the capital costs of the public infrastructure necessary to expand economic development, retain or create jobs or increase the tax base.
  • The BDPI program has led to the creation of 3,125 jobs and the retention of 4,052 jobs.
  • A survey of EDA directors around the state identified more than $6 million in potential projects that could be funded through the BDPI program.

Please contact Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, Speaker of the House Paul Thissen and Budget Conference Committee Chairs Rep. Lyndon Carlson and Sen. Dick Cohen immediately and urge them to include at least $3 million for the Job Training Partnership.

Please contact legislative leaders by phone or email today!

Please contact Mike Miller at mjmiller@flaherty-hood.com with any questions.