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Gruenhagen: an ‘eventful’ session

State Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen, R-Glencoe, said last week that the 2017 legislative session was “eventful,” but he wished even more could have been done.
But there was plenty accomplished that will benefit the local area. For example, the Legislature passed a 40 percent credit for farms on school building bond levies.
“That’s huge for our district,” said Gruenhagen.
Another highlight: cities with populations under 5,000 will be treated the same as cities with populations of 5,000 or above when it comes state aid road funds.
“Our smaller cities have been discriminated against based on their per capita status,” said Gruenhagen.
And while little funding was advanced for Highway 212 between the Twin Cities and the outstate area — with the exception of funding for an interchange between Chaska and Cologne — legislators did get the highway designated as a Corridor of Commerce along the Highway 212 route from Chaska to Montevideo.
That designation, Gruenhagen said, will allow for the application of federal highway funds, which Highway 212 has not qualified for in the past.
“MnDOT (the Minnesota Department of Transportation) and the Met Council have refused the designation,” said Gruenhagen, “so we put it in the transportation bill. The Met Council has been a major obstacle, along with MnDOT. This is a huge step to getting this highway improved.”

Read the full story in the June 14 edition of The McLeod County Chronicle.