State Sen. Katie Sieben, DFL-Cottage Grove, was pleased that Gov. Dayton’s recently unveiled capital investment bill included support for local projects in Hastings and Newport. The Governor announced a proposal to create immediate construction jobs by investing in shovel-ready infrastructure projects throughout the state. Of the $1 billion package, the Governor proposed $530 million in projects and asked lawmakers to make recommendations for the remaining $470 million investment.
“In his suggested projects, the Governor has outlined maintenance and repair work that needs to be done on public facilities in all corners of the state. These projects could provide good jobs in short order,” said Sen. Sieben. “He’s also reaching out a hand to the Legislature by asking them to identify our priorities for the other half of the bill. This inclusive approach is something I haven’t seen under previous administrations.”
Included in the Governor’s recommendations is funding for improvements to Minnesota Veteran Homes. He identified several upgrades that should be completed at the Hastings Veterans Home– to the gas house, elevator, chiller, and storm water runoff system, in addition to a series of grounds repairs.
“The maintenance work the Governor suggested at the Hastings Veterans Home will not only create immediate jobs in our community, but help preserve this important state facility,” explained Sen. Sieben. “We want our local Veterans Home to stay in good repair so we can continue to provide excellent care to Minnesota’s heroes.”
The Governor also recommended several Metropolitan Council projects, including funding for the Newport Transit Station.
“I’m very excited that the Governor has recognized the need for improved transportation choices in the east metro,” said Sen. Sieben. “A transit station in Newport will provide opportunities for our local commuters and would eventually serve as a stop on the Red Rock Corridor.”
Sen. Sieben expressed hope that the Legislature would quickly join the Governor in assembling a capital investment bill.
“We can provide a boost to Minnesota’s economy by moving forward on these shovel-ready and repair projects,” said Sen. Sieben. “I truly hope the new Republican majorities will accept the Governor’s invitation to identify their infrastructure priorities and help get Minnesotans back to work.”
For more information, contact Sen. Sieben’s Capitol Office at (651) 297-8060.