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Minnesota Senate approves $1.9B bonding bill in special session

ST. PAUL, MN - The Minnesota Senate on Thursday approved a $1.9B bonding bill that promises to create thousands of jobs across the state.

The bill, approved by the House Wednesday night, will cover road and bridge repairs, affordable housing, and public safety.

Here is a portion of things the bonding bill appropriates money for in the region.

  • A.B. Anderson Hall Renovation - $4.4 million.
  • Seawall and Surface Improvements - $13.5 million.
  • Lake Superior Zoo - $204,000.
  • The Depot - $1.5 million.
  • WDSE public television.
  • PCA money to Duluth Dump #1 Superfund site.
  • Extension of appropriations bonds for Regional Exchange.
  • WLSSD grant for engine generators - $6.75 million.
  • $100 million in Housing Infrastructure Bonds for new affordable housing.
  • $16 million for Public Housing Rehab.
  • $14 million for Port Development Assistance Program funding.
  • Voyageur County ATV Trail $950,000.
  • Regional Behavioral Health Crisis Facility $1.365 million.
  • $7.5 million to keep the prisons in Willow River and Togo operational.

We're also learning the bill earmarked support for the Historic Old Central School Building.

The legislation opened up potential access to Long Term Facility Maintenance dollars, which could be used to help with upkeep on the aging building.

District officials say the building is in need of $50 million worth of work and improvements.

This comes as the district is working to close or sell the building.

In total, the bill funds $113 million worth of projects across Duluth, the Iron Range, and Northeastern Minnesota.

A complete list of projects can be found here.

The bill now heads to the Governor's desk for his signature.

Kevin Jacobsen

News Director

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