Duluth Sidelined out of State Bonding Bill

By KBJR News 1

Duluth Sidelined out of State Bonding Bill

March 28, 2012 Updated Mar 28, 2012 at 2:03 PM CDT

St. Paul (Northland's NewsCenter)-- The Senate Capital Investment Committee released a $496 million bonding bill which shows no support for Duluth Projects.

The $496 million bonding bill the Senate Capital Investment Committee released Wednesday morning, would only appropriate $4 million towards Greater Minnesota Transit, leaving out Duluth's multimodal transit center.

Governor Dayton originally proposed $10 million towards the Duluth Multimodal Transportation Center.

The Senate bonding bill does not include funding for the University of Minnesota-Duluth's American Indian Resource Center, Spirit Mountain or Wade Stadium.

Senator Roger Reinert responded, "Bonding dollars are intended to be distributed equitably throughout the state, and I am disturbed to see that while Duluth was zeroed out."

The bill includes $39 million towards the University of Minnesota, $127 million for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, $30 million for flood mitigation, $25 million for a new building at the Minneapolis Veterans home, $32 million towards the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester and $10 million for the St. Cloud Civic Center.

Governor Mark Dayton originally recommended at total of $775 million in bonding towards an array of projects around the state.

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