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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


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


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.

Red Wing River Renaissance Project

The city of Red Wing is requesting $13 million in bonding to fund an economic development project that city leaders say will help drive tourism and make Red Wing our state’s premier river town.

The first part of the projects involves building a new transient dock to accommodate larger riverboats. The vision also includes reconfiguring portions of Levee Road to minimize high water flooding, as well as the construction of the Mississippi River Walk Trail. The trail would hug the river alongside the train tracks and will bring hikers and bicyclists to the 340-foot Barn Bluff, a nationally recognized historic site. A final part of the city-wide project is the bonding request for the Sheldon Theater.

Because of the many components that make up this project there are two separate bonding requests. The city of Red Wing is requesting $4.48 million in bonding to help finish the dock construction, Levee Road configuration and several other small river-access related projects. The city is also requesting $8.6 million in bonding to complete the Mississippi River Walk trail.

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