Dayton Signs Bonding Bill 12 May 12

Governor Dayton has signed a nearly $500-million public works Bonding Bill package that includes money for college buildings, flood prevention and local roads and bridges. Dayton had wanted more projects as a boost to Minnesota’s construction industry, but he said the bill was better than nothing as he signed it Friday. The largest chunks of money go to higher education: $64-million for the University of Minnesota and $132-million for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. Flood prevention projects get $30-million and transportation projects $49-million. The bill also provides $44-million for work on the Capitol. Preservationists had wanted a more expensive full-scale renovation.