Gov. Mark Dayton proposed $1.5 billion of construction projects, an increase from the failed bonding bill last session.
The DFL governor’s bonding bill is expected to face deep skepticism from the Republican-led Legislature. GOP lawmakers say they’re open to borrowing for critical needs but aren’t inclined to approve as much debt as Dayton wants. The mix of projects in Dayton’s proposal could differ from legislative priorities as well.
[Dayton’s] plan seeks new dollars for upgrades to the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter; several improved rail grade crossings and local bridge repairs; the latest installment for the Lewis and Clark Regional Water System in southwestern Minnesota; various flood mitigation projects in western Minnesota; fish hatcheries in central, northeastern and southeastern Minnesota; and a spate of college campus building improvements.