Republican and Democratic lawmakers in Minnesota are split over a $27 million statewide broadband expansion proposal that relies on federal funding from the coronavirus aid bill. Republicans say House Speaker Melissa Hortman and Gov. Tim Walz have impeded the proposal over political issues, while Democrats claim Walz is carefully considering spending priorities. Consequently, Minnesota may not receive more broadband funding at a time when more residents are using the Internet for work and school, which lawmakers concur will be detrimental to Greater Minnesota in the long run.
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