Governor’s Bonding Bill includes Senator Newton’s Bonding Requests

St. Paul, Minn. – As the final piece of his bonding bill proposal, Governor Walz today released an approximately $2 billion Local Jobs and Projects Plan. Included in his proposal were several bonding requests carried by Senator Jerry Newton (DFL-Coon Rapids).

“The Governor’s proposal makes smart investments in public infrastructure and public assets in our community that will create jobs, improve our higher education facilities, and strengthen our community,” said Senator Newton. “I want to thank Governor Walz for prioritizing these projects, and I look forward to working to make sure this funding is secured in the 2020 Legislative Session.”

The Governor’s proposal includes $3 million to fund the demolition and replacement of the campus maintenance facility and an additional $837,000 for asset preservation at the National Sports Center, $4 million in funding for the Mighty Ducks Grant Program to local communities to upgrade ice arenas, primarily through replacing refrigerant and improving air quality,  $16.282 million for construction of nursing and business classrooms and labs on the Coon Rapids campus at the Anoka Ramsey Community College, $700,000 for expansion of the City of Coon Rapids Recycling Center, and $29.545 million to acquire land, design, develop, construct, and equip a new State Emergency Operations Center and Homeland Security and Emergency Management office.

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Jerry Newton is a state senator who represents Blaine, Coon Rapids, and Spring Lake Park. He is the Ranking Member of the Veterans and Military Affairs Finance and Policy Committee and a member of the following committees: Family Care and Aging; and Higher Education Finance and Policy. Sen. Newton is also a member of the Legislative Permanent School Fund Commission and the Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission. A high-resolution photo of Sen. Newton is available for download here.

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