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

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ST. PAUL, Minn. – 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.

“The Governor’s bill goes a long way toward helping support and revive our state’s aging infrastructure system. Minnesota received around $3.5 billion in bonding requests, and by traveling the state for six weeks this fall it’s clear to me, that there is a significant need for investments to maintain critical infrastructure systems like wastewater and safe drinking water, roads and bridges, colleges and universities and so much more,” said Sen. Stumpf.

“I’m also glad to see Gov. Dayton prioritizing water quality. Aging wastewater systems was a theme of this year’s bonding tour – with many small communities incapable of covering the costs of building a new system on their own. The Governor’s emphasis on this growing need in Minnesota is very timely, especially considering the EPA’s estimate that $11 billion in water infrastructure improvements will be needed over the next two decades. ”

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