A bonding bill is expected during Minnesota’s legislative session. State Representative Paul Anderson says water and drainage maintenance is needed in his district. “That maintenance is expensive. I’ve had some folks talk to me about what happens if ditch systems get larger. Those at the bottom of the system, because of increased drainage, can sometimes end up with too much water and they are assessed the most costs when maintenance costs are levied. We want to be fair with those costs.” There’s also a budget surplus for the state, currently estimated at $1.3 billion. Anderson says this is one-time money and the surplus can be consumed quickly.
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