St. Paul, Minn. – Minnesota Senate Republicans unveiled their $825 million bonding bill this week, matching the amount proposed by House Republicans last week but falling well short of the $1.5 billion sought by Gov. Mark Dayton. Senator Karla Bigham (DFL-Cottage Grove) said the bill is woefully inadequate to meet our state’s need and does very little to take care of our current commitments to taxpayers.
“Completely left out of the bonding bill is any money for public safety, such as a vital request to construct the HERO Center in Cottage Grove. Lawmakers’ decision to exclude public safety projects from this plan is shortsighted and falls short of addressing our needs in Cottage Grove and neighboring communities in Washington and Dakota counties,” said Sen. Bigham in response to the Senate Republican plan. “Projects such as public safety training centers make our communities safer by providing training and educational opportunities for our firefighters, police officers, and first responders.”