At the national level: The $787 billion stimulus package could steer $27 billion into road-building projects nationally, plus about $12 billion for rail and mass-transit work and other infrastructure improvements.
In Minnesota: Gov. Tim Pawlenty's top finance official says it will take cooperation to make sure the state maximizes its share of the stimulus money. Management and Budget Commissioner Tom Hanson said the state expects to get at least $4 billion. But Hanson told a Senate committee on Monday that additional money could come from grants. He also reminded lawmakers that some of the funding comes with strings attached, meaning the Legislature could have to change some state laws to make sure Minnesota qualifies for the money. He said his office expects to have detailed numbers on the stimulus package in time for the state's March 3 budget forecast.