Grant deadline sets off flurry of applications

  • Article by: JENNIFER BROOKS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 9, 2012 - 9:06 PM

At least 90 communities vie for a $47.5 million pot of state money.

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bluedevil101Jul. 9, 12 7:39 PM

Talk about a bunch of stuff that is out of the purview of the powers of government.

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ranger78Jul. 9, 12 8:49 PM

The list includes a $27 million pitch to build a new St. Paul Saints ballpark in downtown St. Paul, a $25 million proposal to expand the Mayo Civic Center in downtown Rochester and a request for up to $14 million to help develop a light-rail line from Eden Prairie to downtown Minneapolis. Really? This is what passes for economic development? We can save ourselves a lot of money by just saying no to this nonsense.

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evilgrimaceJul. 9, 12 9:20 PM

How about returning all of this to the taxpayers, along with at least another $20 billion in the budget that the government doesn't need?

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strat1954Jul. 9, 1210:30 PM

You all are just too negative. I am asking for 10 million dollars to help construct a beer drinking arena where myself and some other unselfish volunteers will study the effects of global warming on the average working man having a minimun of ten beers after work.

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furguson11Jul. 9, 1211:01 PM

"When the Legislature set aside the economic development money at the end of the session, the Republican leadership described it as an experiment to see what would happen if economic development projects were chosen on merit, rather than on political clout." It's more that the Republican leadership was unable to make or take responsibility for a decision. Then they'll whine when their home district projects don't make the cut.

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swiperJul. 10, 12 6:41 AM

furguson11 is right. Grants process also does not mean projects are chosen based on merit, might go to best grant writer, but not a tie to merit. Just changes who makes the decision, not that it is a better decision. Too little money for too much need means lots of worthy proposals will go unfunded and a lot of people spent time writing grants.

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