The Free Press, Mankato, MN

April 8, 2013

Mankato civic center in Dayton's bonding proposal

Money for Capitol renovations tops governor's list


Associated Press

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Gov. Mark Dayton released a $750 million list of proposed construction projects today that he estimates will create 21,000 jobs throughout the state.

Dayton's bonding bill recommendations include civic center expansions in Mankato, St. Cloud and Rochester, repairs to college buildings and upgrades at state-run veterans homes. But the biggest single project is $109 million for the next phase of renovation work on the State Capitol Building in St. Paul. Dayton said the Capitol renovation will be unpleasant and disruptive, but he thinks most lawmakers understand its importance.

There is also $46.8 million for the State Security Hospital in St. Peter.

"Visitors come in here every day, and we owe it to their safety and protection, as well as to the generations of Minnesotans who will get the benefits of this to do it and do it right," Dayton said. "I think we'll do that."

Republican leaders have said they support the Capitol renovation, but it's not clear of they'll provide the votes needed to pass a large bonding bill this session. A bonding bill requires support from a 60 percent supermajority to pass. House Democrats release their bonding bill proposal on Tuesday.