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The Latest: Dayton eyes $1.5B in public construction

January 16, 2018

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on Gov. Mark Dayton’s public construction proposal (all times local):

10:45 a.m.

Gov. Mark Dayton is pushing to borrow $1.5 billion for a vast list of public construction projects.

The Democratic governor released his so-called bonding bill Tuesday. It puts a heavy emphasis on upkeep at public colleges and universities, expanding affordable housing options improving water infrastructure across Minnesota.

His proposal also would fund iconic local projects like $4 million in renovations to Duluth’s Glensheen Mansion and $13 million to repair the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis. He says the time is ripe to invest heavily in public construction.

It sets the stage for a marquee item of the 2018 legislative session when lawmakers return Feb. 20. But Dayton’s proposal will likely face pushback from Republicans who control the Legislature.

The administration had previously budgeted for an $800 million borrowing package.

8:30 a.m.

Gov. Mark Dayton has readied his wish list for public works projects across Minnesota.

The Democratic governor was set to unveil his so-called bonding bill proposal on Tuesday morning. The debate over construction projects will be a marquee item for lawmakers when they return to the Capitol Feb. 20.

Dayton’s list generally includes a mix of basic infrastructure repairs, new projects on college campuses and water quality improvement measures.

The Dayton administration’s economic forecast assumed the Legislature would pass an $800 million bill this year. But the final size of the package is a political decision between Democrats who push for more projects and Republicans who will likely seek to limit the state’s borrowing.

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