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Despite misgivings, Dayton OKs $1.5 billion for public works

Gov. Mark Dayton signed off Wednesday on nearly $1.5 billion for aging roads, bridges and other state infrastructure, saying the importance of keeping up public assets outweighed his qualms about which projects made the cut.

Dayton’s decision to sign the public works bonding bill left the DFL governor and the Republican-led Legislature with a major accomplishment in a legislative session with few others. Among dozens of other projects, the bill includes $25 million for public schools around the state to bolster safety measures — a bipartisan priority following recent school shootings in Florida and Texas.


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