Minnesota Projects Included in Government Funding Bill

Thursday, February 26th, 2009 at 8:03 am

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:

Agriculture

Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan Wolf Predation Management

$727,000

Commerce, Justice, Science

Grand Rapids Police Department In-Vehicle Video Cameras

$25,000

City of Gilbert Integrated Radio System

$50,000

Itasca County 9-11 Radio System

$300,000

Sheriff’s Youth Programs of Minnesota Rum River Farm Programming

$100,000

St. Louis County Sherriff’s Office for Regional Interoperability Mobile Data System Project

$300,000

Bolder Options Expansion and Replication, Duluth.  Mentoring program for 40 at-risk youths.

$150,000

Northeast Law Enforcement Administrators Council Methamphetamine Reduction Project

$1,175,000

Labor-HHS-Education

X-Ray Machine, University of Minnesota.  To be used for ongoing treatment and study of Mesothelioma.

$238,000

Duluth Children’s Museum

$381,000

Foster Care Services – Sheriff’s Youth Programs

$200,000

Improving Ojibwe and Dakota Student Performance   MN Humanities

$95,000

Bois Forte Reservation for renovation of the health and dental clinic and for purchases of new equipment

$285,000

College of St. Scholastica for a rural health and technology demo

$238,000

Transportation

City of Isanti Pedestrian Bridge over TH 65

$950,000

TH 95 Bridge Project. To replace functionally obsolete bridge over I-35.

$1,425,000

TH 8 in Lindstrom, improve access management and pedestrian safety

$950,000

High Speed Passenger Rail Service, Duluth to Minneapolis

$475,000

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.

$2,850,000

Financial Services

Northeast Entrepreneur Fund, to help small business start-ups.

$245,643

Interior

Koochiching Forest Legacy Phase III

$3,500,000

Grand Rapids Wastewater Treatment Plant

$750,000

Superior National Forest – Land Acquisition

$1,000,000

Energy and Water

Garrison-Mille Lacs Wastewater Treatment

$957,000

Northeastern, MN Army Corps of Engineers 569 Program.  To help small communities with water infrastructure projects.

$1,914,000

Two Harbors, harbor of refuge

$278,000

Duluth Harbor, Army Corps of Engineers ongoing maintenance

$4,575,000

Total

$24,133,643

(From Office of Jim Oberstar)

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