Gov. Mark Dayton is pushing to borrow $1.5 billion for a vast list of public construction projects.
Minnesota Management & Budget Commissioner Myron Frans said the Democratic governor’s bonding bill puts a heavy emphasis on upkeep at public colleges and universities, expanding affordable housing options improving water infrastructure across Minnesota.
“With this proposal, Governor Dayton is supporting a $542 million dollar investment in the University of Minnesota and Minnesota State campuses,” he explained, “And then another $998 million to improve state buildings, build affordable housing, repairing clean water infrastructures, and other infrastructure projects across the state.”
Included in the proposal is the continued work related to the Minnesota State University – Mankato Clinical Sciences building, with about $6.5 million dollars in spending proposed for the renovation of the three buildings that housed the program before the new construction.
Devinder Malhotra, interim chancellor of Minnesota State colleges and universities system, said such projects are important to the future of Minnesota because, “The facilities supported in the governor’s recommendations are the bricks and mortar where the magic of higher education takes place, where our students dreams for a better future come true, and where they become the talent Minnesota absolutely must have if it is going to continue to thrive in today’s knowledge-based, global economy.”
Also in the proposal, more than $18 million in spending at the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter. That includes remodeling existing space that will add more beds and plans that will allow more people to participate in reintegration programs, as well as the replacement of the aging HVAC system in the dietary building.
The plan also calls for $18 million in repairs and maintenance to the Sex Offender Treatment Program facilities, and nearly $14 million for the construction of community based residential treatment facilities to serve clients that have been approved for release but need an assisted living level of medical care.