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.
Monday morning, Chair of the Senate Capital Investment Committee Sen. LeRoy Stumpf (DFL-Plummer) unveiled his $1.5 billion bonding bill which makes significant investments in transportation, education and critical water and environmental infrastructure 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 Many small towns have out-of-date and crumbling drinking and wastewater facilities.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.
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.
Senators Leroy Stumpf and Dave Senjem talk about the 2015 Senate Bonding Tour and the importance of bonding for the people of Minnesota.
After traveling around 2,500 miles across the state, the Minnesota Senate Capital Investment Committee is set to embark on its last regional tour next week. The committee will be viewing bonding project proposals in Minneapolis, St. Paul, St. Cloud and St. Louis Park from Dec. 15-17.