Dayton unveils Minn. construction project proposals; state price tag pegged at $986 million

  • Article by: BRIAN BAKST , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 15, 2014 - 2:35 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Gov. Mark Dayton proposed $986 million in state borrowing Wednesday for construction projects ranging from civic centers to college science labs, delivering the opening bid in a debt debate that will play out among Minnesota lawmakers over the next four months.

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comment229Jan. 15, 14 5:01 AM

"He says his office received $3 billion in requests in all." Would it have been too much to ask Dayton for a list of those projects?

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eljayeffJan. 15, 14 5:03 AM

No money left for nice to have things. The Minnesota government officials already gave it all to the Stadium.

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mattaudioJan. 15, 14 7:09 AM

No new roads. We have enough already. It will be enough of a job to maintain what we have and make it safe. Dayton, take the No New Roads pledge Streets called for earlier this week.

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EleanoreJan. 15, 14 7:15 AM

This would be an awesome year to take a break from spending on Ice Cream and Party Favors and try and recoup some of the loss Minnesotans have faced over the last decade of rising taxation and out of control government spending. Whatever the number budgeted for goodies: Take it and reduce the property tax rate for every Minnesotan (mandate that that be passed on to renters in the form of a credit, even if it's just pennies on the dollar) and start to fix the unethical, illegitimate taxing/spending in the state rather than make it worse by spending more money to offset spending that never should have been tolerated much less considered.

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johnnycgoodJan. 15, 14 7:43 AM

It'd be interesting to see if Governor Dayton would put some of these wish list projects on hold for now and instead fund the extended unemployment benefits (on a state level) for those who lost them recently. Which would he choose if both was not an option?

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redeye12Jan. 15, 14 7:44 AM

Regional civic centers? That's what we absolutely must spend money on? Please!

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elmore1Jan. 15, 14 8:05 AM

Mark, why don't you take the day off and just let your Union Buddies communicate the wish list? They put it together anyway, eh?

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EleanoreJan. 15, 14 8:12 AM

Regional events centers are created primarily to subsidize commercial interests and should not be tolerable public spending since the taxing authority for that sort of subsidy to the private sector doesn't legally exist in the US. St. Cloud is an excellent example of this abuse as well as a textbook example of private interests siting an events center primarily to enrich a select few in the commercial sector rather than locate the center in a place where it could generate new economic activity and integrate into a regional transportation network impacting other regional benefits. This is an area of the public sector needing correction and we need to do it on a statewide basis first before the federal government is corrected.

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mdcastleJan. 15, 14 8:15 AM

Get the new lanes built the right way on I-494 through the northwest metro and then we can talk about Civic Centers and whatnot.

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rshacklefordJan. 15, 14 8:24 AM

AGAIN, way too little, way too late. Go ask Wilf what he wants for roadways into HIS stadium. That is all that you are good for now.

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