SAINT PAUL, Minn. — Senator Grant Hauschild (DFL — Hermantown) said today that he was disappointed that Senate Republicans rejected a $1.5 billion bonding bill that would have funded job-creating public works and infrastructure projects across Minnesota. The bill failed to meet the supermajority of 41 votes necessary to pass, with DFL Senators voting yes and all Republican Senators voting no.
“I’m disappointed that my colleagues across the aisle blocked this job-creating bonding bill, despite the fact that the full Iron Range delegation and a bipartisan supermajority passed virtually the same bill in the House of Representatives. This was a fair bonding bill, with an equal number of projects in Republican and DFL districts, and with input from Republicans in both the House and the Senate.
“Northland communities stood to benefit greatly from the bonding bill after I fought to include over $50 million in funding for our communities. I will keep pushing to pass a bonding bill and deliver on these projects, and I look forward to the opportunity to vote for another bonding bill and get it to the governor’s desk.”
The bonding bill included the following projects in Senate District 3:
- $1.55 Million – St. Louis County all-terrain vehicle trail systems capital improvements bond issue and appropriation.
- $1 Million – International Falls regional health and wellness center bond issue and appropriation This would provide them planning/design money.
- $2 Million – Babbitt water, sewer and utility improvements bond issue and appropriation.
- $1.5 Million – Bigfork grant bond issue and appropriation for the community center enhancement project.
- $1.75 Million – Hoyt Lakes Community Recreation and Wellness Center improvements bond issue and appropriation
- $7.745 million for expansions and improvements for the Hermantown Ice Arena.
- $3.633 million for classroom and common space renovations at Vermilion Community College in Ely.
- $3 million to repair and reconstruct the Nett Lake Dam in Koochiching County.
- $11 million for several infrastructure improvements at the Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park, including the design and construction of a visitor center, camping facilities and trails, among other improvements.
- $4 million for construction of the Gitchi Gami Trail.
- $3.5 million for the construction of a safe harbor on Rainy Lake and Rainy River at the Gateway to Voyageurs National Park in Ranier.
- $1.294 million for Crane Lake Water and Sanitary District debt retirement to bring the district’s monthly wastewater rates in line with those of similarly situated facilities across the state.
- $12.2 million for upgrades to snowmaking infrastructure at Giants Ridge.
- $1.8 million for water, sewer, and utilities extensions at Rice Lake.