Reinert: Bonding Bill Great First Step for Duluth Area and Minnesota
Sen. Roger Reinert today applauded Governor Mark Dayton’s $1 billion bonding proposal that would create 28,000 jobs and provide funds for much-needed asset preservation and infrastructure improvements to the Duluth area.
“The Governor suggested $531 million in bonding projects and has invited legislators to work cooperatively to provide an additional $469 million for needed projects across the state,” Sen. Reinert said. “The Governor’s proposal would create 28,000 private-sector jobs, add $3.4 billion to Minnesota’s gross domestic product (GDP) and $1.1 billion to personal income. We need to take this positive step for our state.”
In his proposal, the Governor proposed asset preservation funds for elevator compliance campus-wide at UMD and elevator and stair upgrades at the School of Business and Economics as well as roof and skylight replacement at Lake Superior College. The proposal also included funds for Duluth Armory renovation and wastewater infrastructure improvements in the City of Duluth. The Governor’s proposal also included Duluth Port development assistance.
“While the Governor’s proposal is good for the Duluth area, it’s also good for the state of Minnesota,” Sen. Reinert said. “The proposal focuses on immediate job creation with ‘shovel ready’ and ‘paint and repair’ projects in essential infrastructure, community asset and education areas. This is a great first start to getting our economy moving again.”
Legislators now have the opportunity to provide additional ideas and work together across the political aisle to put together a total bonding package.
“I intend to work with my GOP colleagues to get a solid bonding proposal that puts Minnesotans back to work,” Sen. Reinert said.