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  • The 2016 Senate Bonding Bill

    160501 Bonding Pie Chart with labels

    $1.5 billion bonding bill makes significant investments in transportation, education and critical water and environmental infrastructure projects

    “I think we did a good job of putting together a bill that balances the needs of the entire state with the priorities of cities, counties and state agencies. Our bill is estimated to create 39,900 jobs – and these construction jobs will be building and preserving the things that make Minnesota a great place to live, work and play.” - Capital Investment Committee Chair LeRoy Stumpf

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THE BILL


160501 Bonding Pie Chart with labels

$1.5 billion bonding bill makes significant investments in transportation, education and critical water and environmental infrastructure projects

“I think we did a good job of putting together a bill that balances the needs of the entire state with the priorities of cities, counties and state agencies. Our bill is estimated to create 39,900 jobs – and these construction jobs will be building and preserving the things that make Minnesota a great place to live, work and play.” - Capital Investment Committee Chair LeRoy Stumpf


NEWS


Senate Bonding Bill totals $1.5 billion and aims to create 39,900 jobs statewide

Monday morning, Chair of the Senate Capital Investment Committee Sen. LeRoy Stumpf (DFL-Plummer) unveiled his $1.5 billion bonding bill which makes significant investments in transportation, education and critical water and environmental infrastructure projects.

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PROJECTS


Riverland Community College

Riverland Community College in Albert Lea is asking for more than $7 million in state bonding for the design, construction and renovation of their transportation, trade and industrial education center. The Albert Lea campus has not been upgraded since the early 1970s and much of the space is outdated and inefficient. Industry partners with the campus have expressed their concern over the outdated facilities.

The proposal calls for the renovation of nearly 40,000 square feet, which houses the Automotive and Diesel programs, and relocating the Truck Driving and Collision Repair programs from Austin to Albert Lea to integrate the two programs into a shared space.

Project leaders say this project aligns with a DEED initiative to supply workers in the transportation, construction and energy fields.

The Reading Center and Dyslexia Institute of Minnesota

An organization that helps 8,700 students struggling with dyslexia is asking for the state’s help in the construction of a new building. The Reading Center, located in Rochester, was started in 1951 and offers a multitude of services for people who are diagnosed with dyslexia.

Dyslexia is frequently difficult to diagnose and effects 15 to 20 percent of the population. The Reading Center is asking for a $1.5 million match from the state to construct a new building to increase the number of teachers and students they serve.

Project leaders say early detection of dyslexia reduces the cost for the government and improves the quality of life with those diagnosed with dyslexia.

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