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Senator Pappas honored as a 2023 Legislator of Distinction

The League of Minnesota Cities has recognized 35 state lawmakers, including Sen. Sandra L. Pappas (DFL-St. Paul), as 2023 Legislators of Distinction. Chosen legislators are honored for specific actions that aided efforts of Minnesota cities during the past year’s state legislative session.

Legislators of Distinction are approved annually by the League’s Board of Directors in recognition of the collaboration of state and city officials needed to successfully serve shared communities and meet the unique needs of rural, urban, and suburban residents across Minnesota.

Sen. Pappas, as chair of the Senate Capital Investment Committee, played a lead role in the eventual passage of a bonding and general fund financing package, making sure that the maximum possible funding was designated to city water, wastewater, flood control, and stormwater infrastructure needs. Her longtime active support for state investment in those areas and her overall attention to the needs of cities were key to seeing a record-setting level of funding for water infrastructure. Sen. Pappas also worked hard to make sure that new requirements for how and where state funds are allocated did not jeopardize the success of one of the most respected and efficient water and wastewater infrastructure development programs in the nation.

Award winners received a letter of appreciation and a certificate. A copy of the acknowledgement letter was also sent to the mayor of each city in the legislator’s district.

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