Dayton wants $1 billion in building money

  • Article by: Rachel E. Stassen-Berger , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 16, 2014 - 5:46 AM

The infrastructure-laden bonding proposal must navigate gantlet of GOP lawmakers leery of increasing state’s debt.

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infoninjaJan. 15, 1410:00 PM

You should of asked last year instead of blowing valuable infrastructure dollars on that monstrosity in downtown. Good leadership maintains infrastructure, and doesn't blow limited cash on worthless trash.

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drfranktJan. 15, 1410:05 PM

Oh what the heck, it'll be approved because all the dems would have to do is increase the taxes on the "rich" like the last time. You remember, increasing taxes on cigarettes, OTC medication, alcohol, and all those other things that only the "rich" use!

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aarghmebuckoJan. 15, 1410:28 PM

No funds for the Southwest LRT. Guess that is a dead project.

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thefalconJan. 15, 1410:35 PM

Of course it will. Tax and spend baby!

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zeldacJan. 15, 1410:47 PM

Don't these liberals get tired of using the phrase "right wing extremists just because they want to know where the money is coming from and to keep our state from becoming the highest taxed state in the union

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A440Jan. 16, 14 5:46 AM

The spendaholic DFL.

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goin_upnorthJan. 16, 14 6:24 AM

Why does Dayton call this a "jobs bill"? It is not a jobs bill but rather a feed the government bill. Let's concentrate on roads and bridges. I would also open all bidding up to all organizations regardless of union representation. We might actually get some work done at a reasonable cost.

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tmrichardsonJan. 16, 14 6:30 AM

"Dayton also proposed that the state borrow $54 million for such natural resource projects as forestation, native prairie conservative, parks and trail improvements — the same type of programs that could be paid for through so-called Legacy funds." This is an editorial comment in this news article. Not a surprise as the STRIB has demonstrated time and time again their distaste for this voter approved funding source. There might be some overlap here but the critical point is something the STRIB and others routinely ignore despite endless corrections. The legacy fund is to be used for big picture long term projects, NOT the day to day work on natural resources which should be funded by normal funding sources. From what I have seen (still sorting through it) many of the bonding proposals in this area are just like the road and bridge proposals--catch up money for "infrastructure" type work that has been neglected by legislatures for quite some time.

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circleoflifeJan. 16, 14 6:57 AM

"The administration has estimated that if all projects were included, the proposal would generate about 27,000 jobs." Don't you mean "temporary" jobs? We already pay fees and taxes for roads. Where's that? How about instead of borrowing more money, these politicians get out there and campaign for contributions just like for an election. If you can work your tail off to bring in millions of dollars for a campaign, get out there and thump for the state!!!

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godiveJan. 16, 14 7:01 AM

I'm so tired of the left's mantra of "create Jobs". No government spending is good for the economy in the long term. Many studies estimate that because of theft, inefficiency, and waste it takes 3 to 7 tax dollars for each dollar spent. and what do you do when these projects are done? If the people were allowed to spend those dollars themselves far more long term jobs would be created and a more healthy economy would ensue.

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