FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 14, 2020
Saint Paul, MN – Today, Joel Smith, President and Business Manager of LIUNA Minnesota and North Dakota offered the following statement after the Minnesota House of Representatives voted to pass a $1.9 billion bonding bill.
“Today’s vote on the House floor is welcome relief after months of uncertainty. With the State Senate’s approval, thousands of construction workers and communities in every part of the state will be able to look forward to necessary improvements to local infrastructure and the creation of high-quality jobs that will help rebuild our economy.
“We are thankful for all House Capital Investment Committee members and state representatives who put politics aside and voted to build a better Minnesota. We are grateful to Representatives Mary Murphy and Dean Urdahl for their commitment and endurance. We are especially grateful for Speaker of the House Melissa Hortman for stewarding this process up to the finish line for all of Minnesota."
Chartered in 1968 by the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA), LIUNA Minnesota & North Dakota is based in Saint Paul and serves the members, families and retirees of five Local Unions: Local 563 (Minneapolis-Saint Paul Metro, Mankato & Saint Cloud Areas & North Dakota); Local 405 (Rochester & Southeast Minnesota); Local 1091 (Duluth-Superior, Northeast Minnesota & Northwest Wisconsin); Local 1097 (Iron Range & Northern Minnesota); and Local 363 (City & County Employees Union of Minneapolis-Saint Paul & Greater Minnesota).