LETTER: Line 3 would boost local economy
One of the big controversies as of late has been the state’s push to use federal money to rebuild neighborhoods in the Twin Cities. This money from the bonding bill was originally intended to be spread around the state, as it should be.
Just because you aren’t located in the metro area does not mean that your city and projects don’t need and deserve funding. The far left of this state, which has a stranglehold on the metro area, is convinced that only the metro deserves it.
Minneapolis and St. Paul were burned and looted, so they must need the money more? To that I say it was immature mayors and a passive governor who let that happen. The sins of those cities should not affect others.
With all of this political jockeying for money, we tend to forget that there are other ways to boost the economy that don’t require government funds.
For example, the Line 3 Replacement Project, one of the most studied projects in state history, would immediately bring over $2 billion in private spending to Minnesota. It’s widely supported throughout the state, especially in communities that depend on the impact it will have to their local economies. This project is all ready to go and could be started if our governor directed his state agencies accordingly. Instead he basically ignores it, all while making claims to be for “One Minnesota.”
Gov. Walz has a decision to make. Is he going to put all of his “energy” into pandering to angry mobs in the Twin Cities or does he care enough about the rest of the state to help move a project like the Line 3 replacement forward? Our legislators can drag their feet arguing about funding, but this is something he could do on his own to lead right now.