Dayton unveils $842M public works bill he says will create 23,900 jobs

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Gov. Mark Dayton is proposing $842 million of borrowing to fund public works projects he says will create 23,900 jobs across Minnesota.

The Governor's bonding bill, revealed at a news conference Tuesday, would fund construction projects across Minnesota, with a particular focus on areas outside of the Twin Cities.

A full list of the planned projects can be found here.

Among the larger proposals is $34 million to replace the visitor center at Fort Snelling, $61 million for improvements to state correctional facilities, $4.5 million to renovate Red Wing's arts center and docks, and money for college campus upgrades.

"My proposals would put thousands of Minnesotans to work throughout our state," he said in a news release. "This bill gives priority to projects that have been delayed for years and are crucial to modernizing MnSCU and U of M buildings and classrooms, and improving local infrastructure."

But the Democrat Governor faces some difficulty in getting it past the legislature.

Bonding bills must originate in the House – currently under Republican control – and according to the Star Tribune, GOP leaders may want a smaller bonding bill so they can "leverage the state's debt capacity" to cover costs of their transportation plan.

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