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Dayton Includes UMD Building, Duluth Steam Plant in Bonding Proposal

A proposed new chemistry building for UMD, seen in this artist's rendering, would get $28 million under Gov. Mark Dayton's bonding proposal. A proposed new chemistry building for UMD, seen in this artist's rendering, would get $28 million under Gov. Mark Dayton's bonding proposal. | 

January 04, 2017 11:13 AM

Gov. Mark Dayton is proposing nearly $145 million in funding for northeastern Minnesota projects, including tens of millions for several major projects in Duluth, as part of his bonding proposal.

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The list of projects, which Dayton is touting as a jobs bill, totals $1.5 billion statewide. That's slightly more than the governor had proposed last year, when legislators failed to reach an agreement and no bonding bill was passed.

The largest funding amounts proposed for northeastern Minnesota include:

  • $28.2 million for a new chemistry and advanced materials building at the University of Minnesota Duluth
  • $25.4 million for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to clean up the St. Louis River
  • $21 million for the conversion of the Duluth steam plant
  • $8 million for the Hermantown Regional Wellness Center
  • $7.4 million for reconfiguration of the campus at Hibbing Community College
  • $6.6 million for runway reconstruction at Duluth International Airport
  • $5.6 million for the Duluth Seaway Port Authority

Dayton had also included most of the above projects in his bonding proposal last year. His list does not include funding for the Lake Superior Zoo.

Click here for a complete list of the proposed funding for northeastern Minnesota.

There's no assurance that the DFL governor's list of projects will make it through the Republican-controlled Legislature.

While Democrats are pushing to pass a bonding bill early in the session so much-needed infrastructure improvements across the state don't pile up, GOP leaders say those big construction projects should wait until 2018, when budget pressures have subsided.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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