Dayton Talks About $775 Million In Construction To Create Jobs

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012 at 6:58 am

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says the state can help create jobs by issuing $775 million in bonds for construction projects around the state.

On Tuesday, Dayton released a list of projects he’s targeting with these bonding monies includes $78 million for University of Minnesota building projects, and another $63.5 million for MNSCU campuses.

Included in that $775 million figure is money to build a Saint Paul Saints ballpark in downtown Minneapolis, civic center projects in Rochester, Mankato and St. Cloud,  additional funds for construction and repair of bridges, and a down payment on design and construction of a light rail line to connect downtown Minneapolis with its southwestern suburbs.

The Democratic governor’s administration estimates the bill would create up to 21,700 new jobs.

Also on the list in the northern part of the state, a pipeline and water treatment facility to protect the Poplar River, which has been used to make snow at Lutsen. Dayton also listed some upgrades to the Northeast Regional Correctional Center, money for transit system upgrades in Duluth, upgrades at the Itasca Community College and a whole lot more.

The New legislative session begins next week, and of course the Governor is also a key advocate of building a new Vikings Stadium, which is also partially publicly funded, but those monies have no connection with this bonding bill.

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