This bill makes significant investments in transportation, education and critical water and environmental infrastructure projects. In a year that shined the light on our state’s and nation’s aging water infrastructure, those projects feature prominently in Sen. Stumpf’s bill. Likewise, a quarter of the bill is dedicated to transportation projects including a transit access project along I-35 and several high profile rail safety projects.
A major function of bonding bills is to help maintain publicly-owned infrastructure. Many small towns have out-of-date and crumbling drinking and wastewater facilities. Improvements or building new systems is so costly – many towns require state assistance before they can move forward. Governor Dayton’s investment of $220 million to help aid communities across the state is 3-4 times the average amount spend on water quality projects. According to the EPA, Minnesota communities will need $11 billion in water infrastructure improvements over the next two decades.
Senators Leroy Stumpf and Dave Senjem talk about the 2015 Senate Bonding Tour and the importance of bonding for the people of Minnesota.
The Senate Bonding Committee is heading out on its fourth regional tour this fall to Southwestern Minnesota. The three-day tour runs Nov. 17-19 and will make stops in St. Peter, Mankato, Worthington, Marshall, Willmar and Green Isle. Project tours will include visits to several rail grade separation projects, MSU-Mankato, Windom Ice Arena, Lewis and Clark Water Pipeline in Luverne, Southwest Minnesota State University, and Montevideo City Hall.
The Senate Bonding Tour continued with stops in Staples and Fergus Falls before arriving in Moorhead on Tuesday, Sept. 29. Stops during the three-day tour included visits to MSU-Moorhead, the North Country Food Bank in Crookston, Northland Community and Technical College, the IRA Civic Center in Grand Rapids and Itasca State Park. Here’s a summary of project proposals and their requested funds. Click here to see the entire tour summary on Google Sheets.
The Senate Capital Investment Committee hit the road on the first leg of six weeks’ worth of bonding tours. The Sept. 15-17 tour featured more than a dozen stops across Northeast Minnesota including the Duluth Steam Plant, the International Wolf Center, Vermilion Community College and the Soudan Underground Mine State Park. Here’s a summary of project proposals and their requested funds. Click here to see the entire tour summary on Google Sheets.