Senator Cwodzinski Says Senate Republican Bonding Bill “Fails to Adequately Address” Infrastructure Needs

St. Paul, Minn. – Senate Republicans released their first draft of a capital investment bill this week, just days before the Legislature’s May 21 constitutional deadline to complete its work. The public now has a few short days to read the plan, ask questions, and provide comments about the $825 million proposal. Senator Steve Cwodzinski (DFL-Eden Prairie) issued the following statement after Senate Republicans released their plan for public discussion.

“Minnesota has a vast array of infrastructure needs, and this proposal fails to adequately address them. The House legislation fully funds the restoration of Historic Fort Snelling in time for its bicentennial, while the Senate does not. We cannot shortchange this nationally-recognized landmark that brings millions of tourism dollars into our state. Meanwhile, the Senate provides full funding for the new much-needed Regional Medical Examiner’s Facility to be located in Minnetonka, while the House does not. Additionally, neither bill funds a new Southwest Transit bus garage that is necessary for our growing metropolitan region. These projects are essential to taxpayers, who deserve a good return on their investment. Interest rates are at record lows, and now is the time to fully invest in our great state.”