August 2009 – State & Province News
The Kentucky House of Representatives recently passed two key bills. House Bill 4, sponsored by House Budget Review Subcommittee on Transportation Vice Chairman Rep. Don Pasley allows the creation of the Kentucky Public Transportation Infrastructure Authority to oversee the financing and construction projects of $500 million or more. According to Business First of Louisville, the authority also would oversee mega projects within the state. The second bill, sponsored by Rep. Tommy Thompson, would provide tax incentives, such as small business tax credits, for existing businesses to help them expand.
In late June, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) released a map showing available aggregate construction materials for Carlton County and the Fond du Lac Reservation during a Carlton County Board of Commissioner’s meeting. According to the DNR, having locally available, low-cost construction aggregates is fundamental to building and maintaining public infrastructure and private sector development. To view the agency’s digital maps online, visit http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/lands_minerals/aggregate_maps/online_maps/index.html.
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