Sen. Reinert Pushes for Duluth Bonding Money

By KBJR News 1

April 3, 2013 Updated Apr 4, 2013 at 9:30 AM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Three Duluth landmarks are in the spotlight at the Capitol as funding is discussed for a potential bonding bill.

Governor Mark Dayton has said he's willing to push for $750 million in what's ordinarily a non-bonding year.

Sen. Roger Reinert (DFL-Duluth) says it may be harder to get money for the iconic Wade stadium after a section of the wall collapsed a few weeks back.

The stadium is one of a total of three projects up for consideration.

Norshore Theatre: $4.95M
Spirit Mountain: $3.4M
Wade Stadium Renovation: $5.7M

The proposed bond money would be used for design improvements for all three.

Sen. Roger Reinert introduced the bills in a Senate Committee Wednesday afternoon.

The Senator predicted it would be difficult to ask for planning money for Wade Stadium considering the collapse. He went in, pushing for $5.7 million, a big jump from the originally proposed $250,000.

He says it's a a matter of "striking the iron while it's hot" and especially for the stadium, taking care of it before it's too late.

“When I look at these three projects and the roles they play in our community, there’s no reason one should take precedence over another,” said Sen. Reinert. “I feel confident that we can fund all three of them.”

It's now up to the Governor to decide what happens next.

Senate Minority Leader David Hann told us before lawmakers went on spring bring this is not the time to introduce a bonding bill, considering there's a $627 million deficit hanging in the balance.

Sen. Hann said any bonding discussions should wait until next session.

(Editor's Note: Wade Stadium bonding money updated to reflect new figures.)

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