2014 bonding wish lists come in at $2.8 billion

Author:
Updated:
Original:

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.

Next Up

Kevin Fiala, Jordan Greenway

Wild blanked by Blues; playoff fate is in Colorado's hands

It comes down to the final day of the regular season.

Screen Shot 2021-05-12 at 10.04.32 PM

Number of suicides in Minnesota decreased in 2020

While the number dropped, 723 people still died by suicide last year.

Vikings fans, U.S. Bank Stadium

Ranking the most difficult games in the Vikings' 2021 schedule

The Vikings have some interesting matchups on their 17-game slate.

Spencer Silver

Chemist who co-invented Post-it Notes dies at home in St. Paul

He developed an adhesive that could stick to paper – repeatedly – without damaging the paper.

Danielle Hunter

Here is the official 2021 Minnesota Vikings schedule

How does an early January game at Lambeau Field sound?

Blake Bortles

Amid Aaron Rodgers drama, Packers reportedly sign Blake Bortles

The former No. 3 overall pick is headed to Green Bay.

You Houa Thao

Missing St. Paul man found dead in wooded area

The 73-year-old was reported missing May 8.

YouTube - Jim Klobuchar

Jim Klobuchar, celebrated Minnesota columnist, dies at 93

He died Wednesday after a battle with Alzheimer's.

Jerry Burns

Former Vikings head coach Jerry Burns dies at 94

Burns spent a total of 24 seasons with the Vikings as an offensive coordinator and head coach.

Related

State sells $769M in bonds for building, road projects

The bonds were sold at a historic low interest rate of 2.82 percent. The sale now brings the state’s bond debt total just under $6 million.