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.
One critical area of every bonding bill is our investment in our colleges and universities. From new buildings and facilities to upkeep on cooling and heating systems, repairing roofs and repaving parking lots, we need to make sure our higher education needs are being met.