Senator Ann Rest Leads Efforts to Ensure University of Minnesota Campuses Have the Infrastructure, Buildings and Facilities to Succeed 

Senator’s Bill Would Fund Current Infrastructure, Buildings and Facilities at Five Campuses Across the State

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Senator Ann Rest (DFL-New Hope) said today that she will be the chief author of legislation to ensure the five University of Minnesota campuses have the infrastructure they need to deliver a nation-leading education and to continue to be one of the state’s most important economic engines. 

Senator Rest said her “Higher Education Asset Preservation and Recovery” (HEAPR) bill targets resources to each of the five campuses to begin to address the substantial maintenance backlog estimated to be $6 billion over the next ten years.  The $500 million in her bill would go to asset preservation and recovery to take care of current buildings and facilities, she said.

“The University of Minnesota’s five campuses have always been key to our state’s economic success, and this funding will simply help them take care of the facilities they already have,” said Senator Rest. “This is an important investment in Minnesota’s future. It will help us maintain the University’s current infrastructure, buildings and facilities on all five campuses so that it can continue to deliver the innovation, the work force, and the jobs that are so important to our state’s high quality of life.”

The University has campuses in Crookston, Duluth, Morris, Rochester, and the Twin Cities, which serve more than 54,000 undergraduate, postgraduates and doctoral students. 

Senator Rest’s legislation was announced Friday and will be added to the list of projects under consideration for inclusion in the major infrastructure bill being debated during the current legislative session.

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Ann Rest represents District 43, which includes portions of the western suburbs of Hennepin County in the Twin Cities metro area.

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