Stimulus package clears House; here’s what Minnesota’s getting

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The $787 billion compromise on the economic stimulus bill passed the House today and is headed for a vote in the Senate this evening, where it’s expected to be approved.

The vote in the House was 246-183, with Republicans unanimous in opposition to the legislation.

Minnesota’s representatives voted as they did the first time around with Republicans Michele Bachmann, John Kline and Erik Paulsen voting against the bill along with Blue Dog Democrat Collin Peterson. Democrats Betty McCollum, Keith Ellison, Tim Walz, and Jim Oberstar voted for the legislation.

The bill is expected to narrowly pass the Senate tonight with President Obama’s signature to follow sometime after.

According to preliminary estimates compiled by Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s office, Minnesota could get $596.4 million for transportation, $1.1. billion for schools, $22.1 million for HOME funding, and $2 billion for health and welfare programs.

Here are some funding amounts from the compromise stimulus bill, including early estimates of how much Minnesota will receive:

Weatherization
Previous total: $6.2 billion under House-passed version; reduced to $2.9 billion in the Senate.
New total: $5 billion
Minnesota’s portion: $134,695,876

Total infrastructure investment funding
Previous Minnesota portion under House-passed version: $705,660,956
New Minnesota portion: $668,242,481

Highways and bridges
Previous total under House-passed version: $30 billion. (Minnesota’s portion was $477,633,398 in the House bill; $561 billion in the Senate version.)
New total: $27.5 billion.
Minnesota’s portion: $502,284,177

Why did Minnesota end up with more in the compromise package, even though there is less overall? John Schadl, communications director for Rep. Jim Oberstar (D-Minn.), explains that it is because of the funding formula that was used, which benefits Minnesota. 

Transit capitol grants: Mass transit funding
Previous Minnesota portion under House-passed version: $104,988,226. ($86,926,715 for urban projects, $18,061,511 for rural projects.)
Minnesota’s new portion: $92,241,542. ($73,211,954 for urban projects, $19,029,588 for rural projects.)

There’s less money overall for Minnesota, although rural areas will get more funding.

Transit fixed-guideway modernization (for upgrading and maintaining Hiawatha Corridor)
Minnesota’s portion under House-passed Version: $16,346,771
Minnesota new portion: $1,851,573

Loan funds for drinking- and waste-water treatment
Minnesota’s portion under the House-passed version: $106,692,201
Minnesota new portion: $107,690,700

Housing
Here is a link on some of the housing funding breakdowns.

Cynthia Dizikes covers Minnesota’s congressional delegation and reports on issues and developments in Washington, D.C. She can be reached at cdizikes [at] minnpost [dot] com.

Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Dave Francis on 02/13/2009 - 07:04 pm.

    SOLD OUT BY DEMOCRATS! NO WONDER REPUBLICANS WHO ADDED THE E-VERIFY AMENDMENT, WOULDN’T VOTE FOR STIMULUS?

    Whats the earthly good of this Stimulus bill being passed for American workers, when we are forced to support millions of illegal aliens. The Democrats and special interest lobby conspired to kill the only tool we had against the invasion. The Republican E-Verify amendment was removed from the Stimulus package behind closed doors without debate. The mandatory Federal law with a 99.6 success rate would have halted illegal aliens stealing work from AMERICAN WORKERS. We can thank Speaker Pelosi and Senator Harry Reid for killing this law that made sense, when the whole logical idea of this Stimulus bill, was to get millions of unemployed legal workers a job.

    Tell the Democratic politicians what you think and demand E-Verify be made a mandate! Jam the Washington Switchboard with your angry voices: (202) 224-3121

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