ST. PAUL, Minn. – On Tuesday, Governor Dayton announced his 2015 bonding proposal which totals $842 million and would create 23,900 jobs. Several bonding projects are located in the City of Duluth. Sen. Roger Reinert (DFL-Duluth) is happy to see such a comprehensive jobs package this session.
“Not only is bonding a great job creator, it invests in the things that make Minnesota great, our roads, bridges, sewer and water systems, parks, zoos and our state colleges and universities. I would like to thank the Governor for including needed infrastructure repair money for Lake Superior College and UMD, as well as investments in the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District and wastewater infrastructure,” said Reinert. “Additionally the investments in the Duluth Seaway Port Authority will help growth Duluth’s port economy, and the Center for Changing Lives will provide critical assistance for young people in our community.”
Reinert adds, “Due to rising interest rates and the tightening construction market, paying for repairs now will save the state money in the long run. The investments in Duluth’s wastewater infrastructure are the perfect example of a project that will only cost more in the future. Minnesota’s economy is strong, and we are in a position to bond for these projects without jeopardizing our credit rating. Now is the time to make these strategic investments.”
Reinert added, that should a comprehensive bonding package move forward this session, he will advocate strongly for additional funding for the Lake Superior Zoo. The zoo still continues to work through damages from the 2012 flood.