Sen. Chuck Wiger (DFL-Maplewood) is applauding the inclusion of the Hugo Short Line Railway in the bonding bill Republicans introduced this week. This $1.1 million project will help keep around more than 500 jobs in the region by fixing a railway that is nearing closure if it doesn’t get appropriate funds. Without repair, at least 10 area employers who use the line including Polar Plastics in Oakdale, would get cut off from rail service.
In an effort to coordinate greater investment in local roads and highways within his district, Senator Jerry Newton (DFL-Blaine) has recently introduced several bonding bills requesting state investment in local transportation projects. The four bills address construction needs for roads in Blaine, Coon Rapids and Anoka.
Senator Matt Little (DFL-Lakeville) got straight to work during his first full week as the state senator representing District 58. Sen. Little introduced three bonding bills this week which all address water-related projects.