Dayton unveils wish list of state construction projects


Gov. Mark Dayton on Wednesday released his widely anticipated "bonding bill" proposal – a list of construction projects he supports that would amount to nearly $1 billion in state spending and create 27,000 jobs.

Dayton's list includes a wide variety of projects from all over the state. Minnesota Public Radio highlights some of the big-ticket items, which includes a significant investment in higher education.

-$126.3 million to complete the state Capitol building renovation

-$80 million for asset preservation and replacement at MnSCU and University of Minnesota campuses statewide

-$74 million for additional infrastructure improvements at 17 MnSCU campuses statewide

-$70.7 million for clean drinking water investments and wastewater treatment projects

-$56.7 million for renovation of the University of Minnesota’s Tate Science and Teaching building

-$56.3 million for the remodeling of the outdated Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter

-$54.6 million for natural resource projects including asset preservation, parks and trails, and land restoration

-$50 million for housing infrastructure and rehabilitation (which would be the largest ever bonding investment in affordable housing, MPR points out.)

-$37 million for the Rochester Mayo Civic Center expansion

-$30 million to fund bridge repair and replacements statewide

Other Twin Cities highlights include:

-$20 million for revitalization of Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis

-$14 million to expand and renovate the Children’s Museum in downtown St. Paul

Click here for the complete list.

Dayton carved out what he thinks the state should prioritize from a long list of proposals that totaled $3 billion.

"This bill gives priority to projects that are ready to go," Dayton said Wednesday. "Many of them have been delayed for years and are crucial to revitalizing downtown business centers, modernizing MnSCU and U of M buildings and classrooms, and improving parks, roads, and local infrastructure."

Dayton huddled last month with DFL House and Senate leaders, who will be hammering out the details of the bonding bill in this year's session, which begins in late February. Bonding bills require three-fifths votes to pass, so Dayton will need some GOP allies in the DFL-controlled Legislature.

Want to see the all the proposals? The state Senate recently launched a user-friendly website that outlines many of the proposed projects, grouped on the site by state region.

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