Sheran bonding proposal for Mankato Civic Center fails, other area Senators vote ‘no’
St. Paul – The Minnesota State Senate passed a $496 million bonding bill late Monday night that included no funding for the Mankato Civic Center in spite of an attempt by Senator Kathy Sheran (DFL-Mankato) to direct state funding to the project.
An amendment offered by Sen. Sheran failed on a 30-35 vote. Sheran was the lone Senator from the Mankato region to support investing in the area civic center and arena.
“I asked the Senate to include the Mankato Civic Center and Arena project in the bonding bill because it not only benefits our local and regional economy, but it’s a smart investment for our entire state’s economic growth,” said Sen. Sheran.
“Minnesota State Mankato—which is a state asset—depends on improvements to the civic center to meet its obligation to the hockey program. Bonding dollars are meant for exactly this purpose, to ensure our community is a great place to live for generations to come.”
Sen. Sheran’s amendment would have allocated $14.5 million for the Mankato Civic Center and Arena by reducing bonding amounts on other state projects by three percent. The amendment did not increase the bonding bill’s total investment of $496 million.
“I was surprised that all of the other Senators representing the rural areas surrounding Mankato were among the 35 ‘no’ votes that killed the funding for the civic center,” said Sheran. “They serve communities that benefit from investments we make in Minnesota State Mankato and the Mankato area, and I was disappointed to not have received their support. With their five votes, the funding would have passed.”