Senate Bonding Bill includes funding for Hugo Short Line Railway

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.

Governor Dayton’s 2016 Bonding Proposal

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 Many small towns have out-of-date and crumbling drinking and wastewater facilities.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.

Senator Stumpf comments on Governor Dayton’s $1.4 billion bonding proposal

Governor Dayton unveiled a robust bonding bill on Friday totaling $1.4 billion worth of infrastructure projects. The total bonding bill announcement was preceded by the Governor’s unveiling of the $220 million water quality and infrastructure portion of the bill on Thursday. As Chair of the Senate Capital Investment Committee, Sen. LeRoy Stumpf (DFL-Plummer) released the following statement.