January 16, 2014  |  News Alerts

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$986 Million Bonding Bill Invests in Needed Infrastructure Improvements across Minnesota

Dayton: $986M Bonding Bill Would Add 27K Jobs

Twin Cities Business | January 15, 2014

Governor Mark Dayton on Wednesday introduced a bonding proposal that would invest $986 million in statewide projects and, according to his office, create an estimated 27,000 Minnesota jobs.

Similar to the bonding bill Dayton announced in April, the money would be heavily invested in improvements to cities’ downtowns, higher education, transportation infrastructure, state Capitol restoration, and clean water investments.

The largest chunk of the proposal, $233 million, would go toward higher education investments. A total of $80 million would be allotted for renovations at MnSCU (Minnesota State Colleges and Universities) and University of Minnesota campuses statewide, and an additional $74 million for infrastructure improvements at 17 other MnSCU campuses statewide. The rest would be used for University of Minnesota lab facility improvements. [Read More]   Bookmark and Share

Dayton wants to fund Education Village

Winona Daily News | January 16, 2014

Winona State University's Education Village proposal got a first boost Wednesday from Gov. Mark Dayton, who included it in his recommendation of nearly $1 billion in statewide construction projects the Legislature will consider funding this year.

The money, which would fund the first of three phases of the project, is far from a done deal, though. Education Village has not ranked high on the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System's list of projects, and some Republicans were quick to suggest Wednesday that Dayton's overall bonding bill was too expensive. [Read More]

Our View: Civic Center expansion would stoke building boom

January 15, 2014 | Rochester Post Bulletin

For seven years, Rochester officials have requested funding for the Mayo Civic Center expansion from the Minnesota Legislature through the state bonding bill. And for seven years, the answer has been no.

"We've been the bridesmaid many times," said Donna Drews, executive director of the civic center. "We hope this year it finally will happen."Dare we say it, after so many disappointments, but this time, we believe Drews has reason for optimism. This morning, as Gov. Mark Dayton listed the civic center expansion among his preferred projects for a $985 million bonding proposal, we believe it finally will be included in the capital investment bill that will reach his desk. [Read More]

Editorial: A billion dollars for building projects doesn’t go far enough

Star Tribune | January 15, 2014

A billion dollars is a lot of money, unless it’s the ceiling on state government bonding authorizations for public building projects. With his opening bid Wednesday on a 2014 bonding bill — a top item on this year’s legislative agenda — Gov. Mark Dayton made a $986 million package seem moderate in size.

For example, the DFL governor said he made higher education projects a priority, accounting for 27 percent of his proposal to the Legislature. Yet of the requests for asset preservation from each of the two public systems — $130 million from the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, $100 million from the University of Minnesota — Dayton proposed to authorize just $40 million for each. [Read More]


Iron Range projects make Dayton’s list

Mesabi Daily News | January 15, 2014

Gov. Mark Dayton rounded up the usual Iron Range bonding projects left over from last year to include in his nearly $1 billion proposal for the Legislature to consider in a few weeks.

But once again funds for the relocation of Highway 53 in the Quad Cities area because of a United Taconite mine expansion did not make the cut.

And more funds for the Lake Vermilion State Park, a priority of Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk of Cook, was not mentioned. Dayton’s family owns property on the lake, so he has recused himself from park decisions, but he said he would sign a bill that included money for building campgrounds and park amenities. [Read More]

Dayton releases bonding proposals, $118.7 million for University projects

Minnesota Daily | January 15, 2014

Governor Mark Dayton’s bonding proposal released Wednesday provides funding for three University of Minnesota construction projects, totaling $118.7 million.

In its 2014 capital request, the University is asking for $232.7 million from the state this legislative session to fund six projects across the five-campus system.

Dayton’s recommendation provides $56.7 million to renovate the Tate Laboratory of Physics, $12 million for the University’s research laboratory improvement fund and $10 million to renovate the wellness center on the Crookston campus.

The University is asking for $100 million to improve or maintain existing campus buildings, or Higher Education Asset Preservation and Replacement funding, in its 2014 capital request. Dayton’s bill provides $40 million. [Read More]

TCAAP supported in Mark Dayton's bonding proposal

Pioneer Press | January 15, 2014

The forecast for redevelopment of Minnesota's largest Superfund site just got brighter.

Gov. Mark Dayton included $29 million for road improvements around the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant in Arden Hills in his 2014 bonding bill released Wednesday. It tops a list of other east metro projects that also received executive endorsements.

"It's great news," Ramsey County Commissioner Rafael Ortega said of the nod to TCAAP. "This helps us get started on the infrastructure and really move the project down the road." [Read More]

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