A Mankato state representative said the pressure is on, with less than ten days left in the legislative session, as lawmakers work toward passage of the bonding bill for state public works projects.
DFL Representative Jack Considine said the bill has been his top priority for the last several years and, “I’m kind of going head-to-head with my own caucus. I’m hearing from prominent people in Mankato. I’m hearing from the college.”
Considine is pleased that one local project did make it into the final House bill. “MSU’s Clinical Sciences building and the library are an absolute need for me, and I’m extremely pleased to see them in the bonding bill.”
But there were several others in the region Considine feels should also have been included. He said it was, “Disappointing that the bill is not larger. It’s disappointing that South Central College was not included in the HEAPR bill. It’s disappointing that, as of right now, the needs at the St. Peter campus weren’t addressed.”
South Central College requested funding under the Higher Education Asset Preservation and Replacement proposal to replacing leaking roofs at both the North Mankato and Faribault campuses. The Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter submitted a proposal that would fund the replacement of the heating and cooling system in the kitchen, which Considine said can be sweltering in the heat of summer.
As for whether he’ll vote yes on the proposal, Considine said he’s not ready yet to give an answer. “There’s a lot of facets to this right now. I certainly would like to vote for it,” he said, “Monday is the day the bill will come to the floor.”