Minnesota Projects Included in Government Funding Bill
Washington DC – Legislation to fund the operation of the government through the end of 2009 designates over $28 million for specific programs and projects in northeastern Minnesota. Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed the $410 billion Omnibus Appropriations Act (HR 1105) by a vote of 245-178.
“This legislation makes important investments that are important to Minnesota,” said Congressman Jim Oberstar. “We are investing in waste water treatment plants, purchasing better equipment for first responders and providing guidance and education for children.”
Below is a list of the Minnesota projects and programs that Oberstar advocated for inclusion in the legislation:
Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan Wolf Predation Management
Commerce, Justice, Science
Grand Rapids Police Department In-Vehicle Video Cameras
City of Gilbert Integrated Radio System
Itasca County 9-11 Radio System
Sheriff’s Youth Programs of Minnesota Rum River Farm Programming
St. Louis County Sherriff’s Office for Regional Interoperability Mobile Data System Project
Bolder Options Expansion and Replication, Duluth. Mentoring program for 40 at-risk youths.
Northeast Law Enforcement Administrators Council Methamphetamine Reduction Project
X-Ray Machine, University of Minnesota. To be used for ongoing treatment and study of Mesothelioma.
Duluth Children’s Museum
Foster Care Services – Sheriff’s Youth Programs
Improving Ojibwe and Dakota Student Performance MN Humanities
Bois Forte Reservation for renovation of the health and dental clinic and for purchases of new equipment
College of St. Scholastica for a rural health and technology demo
City of Isanti Pedestrian Bridge over TH 65
TH 95 Bridge Project. To replace functionally obsolete bridge over I-35.
TH 8 in Lindstrom, improve access management and pedestrian safety
High Speed Passenger Rail Service, Duluth to Minneapolis
Greater Minnesota Transit – Mn/DOT. Capital improvements and operating funds for rural transit authorities. Including a downtown transit hub and transit facility for the DTA.
Northeast Entrepreneur Fund, to help small business start-ups.
Koochiching Forest Legacy Phase III
Grand Rapids Wastewater Treatment Plant
Superior National Forest – Land Acquisition
Energy and Water
Garrison-Mille Lacs Wastewater Treatment
Northeastern, MN Army Corps of Engineers 569 Program. To help small communities with water infrastructure projects.
Two Harbors, harbor of refuge
Duluth Harbor, Army Corps of Engineers ongoing maintenance
(From Office of Jim Oberstar)