MN Senate Unveils Bonding Bill 06 May 14

Democrats in the Minnesota Senate have rolled out their $846-million bonding bill for state buildings and public works projects with just two weeks to go in the 2014 legislative session. Senate Democrats also propose spending about $200-million of the budget surplus for state construction projects. High-profile items: $64-million total for renovating the state security hospital in St. Peter and the sex offender treatment program facilities; $13-million for the Lewis and Clark regional water system in southwest Minnesota; $14-million for renovating the Mankato Civic Center, $34-million for Rochester and $11-million for Saint Cloud. There’s also $80-million for local roads and bridges, $125-million for the U-of-M and $130-million for the state college and university system. In addition to the funds for the state security hospital in St. Peter and the Mankato Civic Center, other local projects in the Senate Bonding Bill include money for a flood mitigation project in Truman, a public safety center in Montgomery, and a Clinical Sciences Building at MSU-Mankato