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Dayton To Call For $1 Billion In Construction Projects Today

Monday, January 31st, 2011 at 7:19 am

Gov. Mark Dayton is expected to call for about $1 billion in public works projects on Monday.

The Democratic governor will unveil his recommendations for state-backed construction work at a morning news conference.

It’s traditional for the Minnesota Legislature to pass large bonding bills in even-numbered years, but Dayton has said he hopes to grab low interest rates and inject some money into the ailing construction sector this year.

He has vowed to identify about $500 million worth of his priorities and leave the rest of the money for lawmakers to put forward theirs.

Republican House Majority Leader Matt Dean isn’t ruling out a bonding bill this year. But he says the GOP focus will be on rerouting unspent money from past projects that never got off the ground.

(Report From Associated Press)

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