Slick new state website makes it easy to track bonding bill projects

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Minnesota state lawmakers routinely drone on about "bonding bills" – legislation that paves the way for spending on big capital improvement projects. This year, DFL Gov. Mark Dayton intends to propose a $975 million bonding bill, pared down from $2.4 billion in construction-project requests for state money that have come from all corners of Minnesota.

But details about bonding bills are often lost in esoteric language and legalese at the state Capitol, which makes it tough for everyday citizens to understand the pricey taxpayer-funded proposals.

What state residents could really use in advance of a new round of bonding bills debate this year is a website that explains all these projects – but a cleanly designed, cool-looking, easy-to-use website, loaded with photos and artist renderings. And succinct project summaries.

Basically, a website that is a lot more user friendly than most state websites.

Wait a second – here it is. Minnesota Senate officials have unveiled Build.MN, which allows users to easily search for projects being sought for their region of the state. The site also features a latest-info section and explains the bonding process in a series of FAQs.

“We all benefit when more people are engaged in the capital investment process,” Sen. LeRoy Stumpf, DFL-Plummer said.

Here's a promo video:

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