Governor Recommends $13.5 Million in Range Bonding Proposals

ST. PAUL, MINN. – Wednesday morning Governor Mark Dayton announced his 2014 bonding priorities. His list of proposals totals $986 million – and is projected to create thousands of jobs across the state, including many on the Iron Range. The Governor said projects that were ‘shovel ready’ were a priority on his list as well as investments in education and economic development.

Senator David Tomassoni (DFL-Chisholm), member of the Senate Capital Investment Committee says he is happy to see several Iron Range projects make it into the Governor’s capital budget recommendations.

“I am pleased to see Governor Dayton proposing investments on the Range, most notably $5 million in the Range Regional Airport and another $4.9 million in Giants Ridge. An additional $3.5 million was proposed to help fund pre-designing a new joint building for the AEOA-Range Mental Health Building and the City of Virginia’s Northern Heights Industrial Park,” Senator Tomassoni said.

He added, “While any investment on the Range is excellent for our regional economy, there are many worthy projects that were not considered by the Governor including the Highway 53 project, the Virginia Miner’s Memorial Convention Center which would greatly revitalize the region, as well as smaller city projects in Chisholm, Biwabik, Eveleth and Nashwauk. It’s my hope that more of the Range projects will appear when the Senate Capital Investment Committee releases our list of proposals.”

Governor Dayton’s bonding recommendations include an emphasis on higher education with investments of $233 million, and economic development with $232 million proposed which will address statewide housing needs, civic centers and more.

To learn more about bonding projects across the state, visit Build.MN and click here ( for a complete summary of bonding proposals on the Iron Range.

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