Minnesota Senate bonding wish list: $1.5 billion; Bemidji-area projects included in funding
ST. PAUL -- House and Senate leaders are far apart about how much to spend on public works projects. Nearly $1 billion apart.
Minnesota Democratic senators Monday unveiled a plan to borrow money for $1.5 billion for public works projects, things such as finishing the project of bringing water to southwestern Minnesota, fixing state buildings and constructing water treatment projects in small rural communities. The list also includes $18 million for BSU for the school's Hagg-Sauer Academic Learning Center project, as well as other funding, and $6 million toward the construction of a larger facility for the Northern Dental Access Center in Bemidji. Also included Monday was $14 million a new social services building and school on the Red Lake American Indian Reservation. Senators also earmarked $5 million for the continued development of a veterans home in Bemidji.