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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.” - 2016 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.” - 2016 Capital Investment Committee Chair LeRoy Stumpf


NEWS


State money needed to secure federal clean-up funds

The St. Louis River is the second largest tributary to Lake Superior. In 1987, the estuary at the river’s mouth – including the Twin Ports of Duluth and Superior – was designated the St. Louis River Area of Concern (SLRAOC) by the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement due to its sedimentary contamination.

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PROJECTS


Rochester International Airport

The Rochester Airport is a major hub for international air traffic due to its close proximity to the Mayo Clinic. In order to keep its international airport designation, the facility needs to be upgraded to provide more space for border patrol and customs agents. The Department of Homeland Security has mandated the changes, which include 20,000 additional square feet, reconfiguration of the terminal, and upgrades to the electrical, fire protection and low voltage network.

Project proponents say the changes will allow them to process 75 passengers per flight. Currently, those disembarking from international flights are forced to wait outside the processing area, which is inconvenient for those passengers and creates a security risk. Airport officials are asking the state for nearly $5 million. The total project cost is $16 million.

Wabasha Eagle Center

The National Eagle Center (NEC) in Wabasha is looking to expand its offerings. This landmark interpretive center offers close to 80,000 visitors each year the chance to learn about eagles through engaging exhibits and daily educational programs. But NEC is growing, with annual attendance figures up nine percent over last year.

The center is proposing a 19,000 square foot expansion to enrich the visitor experience and add educational value to each visit. The center is requesting $2 million in bonding from the state to fund the $4.6 million project.

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