ST. PAUL, Minn – Yesterday, Senate Republicans presented their $825 million bonding bill, equaling the House Republican proposal last week. Both bills fall well short of Governor Mark Dayton’s proposed $1.5 billion bonding bill. Senator Ron Latz, DFL-St. Louis Park, stated the bill is a missed opportunity to address long-term state solutions and does very little to take care of current commitments to taxpayers.
“The proposal released yesterday by the majority in the Senate is another example of a missed opportunity to tackle important investments in public safety, higher education, and the preservation of state assets,” stated Sen. Latz. “Every time the majority decides to neglect these projects and put them off for later years, they only become more expensive for taxpayers. Our state must repair and upgrade hundreds of state-owned infrastructure assets, and this bill does not adequately address those needs.
“Additionally, this bill has completely left out any money for public safety. For example, our police officers, first responders, and firefighters require public safety training centers to make our communities safer, and this bill does not go far enough in mitigating the issue of practical space. This bill also lacks appropriate investment in labs and classrooms at the University of Minnesota and Minnesota State campuses. The majority proposal offers less than half of the governor’s recommendations to invest in classrooms and facilities statewide. We must continue to fund our public colleges and universities as they are such an important piece to maintaining and growing our strong workforce across the state.”