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2014 bonding wish lists come in at $2.8 billion

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Minnesota's state and local agencies have put together their biennial requests for public works projects to be funded by the 2014 Legislature.

The Pioneer Press reports those requests total $2.8 billion, and longtime political reporter Bill Salisbury notes that "...the wish lists to appear to be unusually large." The amount exceeds the $1 billion predicted by Governor Dayton. Last session, the $800 million bonding bill fell short of House passage. A slimmed-down version containing $156 million – most for state Capitol repairs – was approved.

Requests from state agencies total $2.1 billion. They include everything from constructing college classrooms to building and repairing roads, bridges, parks and dams. Local governments want an additional $682 million for projects that benefit cities, counties and other municipalities, with projects like convention centers, museums, sports facilities and transit.

Rep. Alice Hausman, the St. Paul DFLer who chairs the House Capital Investment Committee, said lawmakers typically say no to three-fourths of the requests.

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