Today, the Minnesota State Senate passed the long-overdue local jobs and projects bill. The $1.37 billion infrastructure bill will create thousands of jobs for Minnesotans across the state. The bill finances $1.87 billion in statewide public projects, once other funding sources are counted, including road and bridge repairs, access to safe drinking water, housing that is affordable, public safety, and upkeep for the higher education institutions that prepare our future workforce.
Senator Melisa Franzen (DFL-Edina), the chief author of two projects included in the bill – Normandale Community College Phase 2 expansion and the South Metro Public Safety Training Facility – released the following statement on the projects in Senate District 49:
“It’s a win for Minnesota to pass the Local Jobs and Projects Infrastructure Bill that will create jobs, and will jumpstart our economy to get out of this pandemic-caused recession. I am grateful that two vital projects for my district were included. COVID-19 has exacerbated the economic burden on families across our state and passing the bonding bill will create the economic stimulus our state needs and will put people back to work.”
Both projects are assets not only for the region but also for the state. The $26,634,000 Normandale Community College Project (Sec. 3, Subd. 5) will design, renovate, and equip Phase 2 of the College Services building. This will bring new classrooms and services to the campus that serves counties across the metro. The $1,000,000 South Metro Public Safety Training Facility Project (Sec. 15, Subd. 6) in Edina is a project that will design, construct, expand, renovate, and furnish this tactical training building for year-round flexibility for first responders from the entire state to train in public safety’s different scenarios. Find out more about the full Local Jobs and Projects Infrastructure Bill here.