Dayton announced $1.5 billion construction proposal

  • Dayton announced $1.5 billion construction proposal

Dayton announced $1.5 billion construction proposal

Governor Mark Dayton has rolled out an aggressive 1.5-billion-dollar bonding proposal for state public works projects.

Dayton, who a spokesman said was sick "with a bad cold" Tuesday, said in a statement that "years of underinvestment have shortchanged our economy, our higher education institutions and the vitality of our communities".

It puts a heavy emphasis on upkeep at public colleges and universities, expanding affordable housing options and improving water infrastructure across Minnesota.

- Governor Dayton wants to borrow more than $1.5 billion for construction projects around the state, and a good chunk of those are at the University of Minnesota and Minnesota State campuses.

· $4 million for repairs of Duluth's Glensheen mansion.

Dayton's public works package matches the University's entire 2018 capital request of $238.5 million, plus an additional $60 million for critical facilities maintenance and the design of a new clinical research facility on the University's Twin Cities campus.

Dayton's public works proposal prioritizes strategic investments in higher education, would improve and maintain state buildings and other infrastructure, build more affordable housing, and deliver clean, reliable, affordable drinking water for Minnesotans.

The 2018 Minnesota legislative session begins February 20.

The commissioner called the projects Dayon backed "urgently needed".

"Investment in state buildings and other critical infrastructure has not kept pace with the growing need".

$16 million to improve Minnesota Sex Offender Program facilities.

Budget Commissioner Myron Frans admits the borrowing request is large, but they believe it would create almost 23,000 jobs.

"It will be an uphill battle to secure legislative support for a proposal that spends $600 million more than we have planned for in the budget forecast", Urdahl said.

Dayton's request comes on the heels of a almost $1 billion bonding bill that lawmakers passed in May.

"We do believe that this bonding project is sustainable, given the people in Minnesota available to fund these projects and to work on these projects".