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UPDATE: Minnesota Senate passes bonding bill

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WXOW) - The Minnesota State Senate passes a bonding bill that funds several projects in southeastern Minnesota.

The bill passed 64-3. The measure now goes to Governor Tim Walz for his signature. After the vote, Walz's office sent out a statement from the governor and Lt. governor.

“This bonding bill is a smart investment that will create thousands of good-paying jobs, deliver improvements to local projects throughout Minnesota, and make our state a better place to live,” said Governor Walz. “It’s been a long journey. By finally coming together and working across the aisle, Minnesota proved once again that if Washington won’t lead—we will.”

“I’m grateful to see the Minnesota Legislature has passed a strong and equitable bonding bill that includes a $30 million investment in projects in Black and Indigenous communities and communities of color,” said Lt. Governor Flanagan. “Many Minnesotans across the state have worked for years to bring the investments in this bill—and the jobs that will follow—to their communities. Today, that hard work paid off, and we can all be proud.”

“This bipartisan bonding bill is a stimulus package that will provide an important economic and jobs boost to communities across the state at a time when it's very much needed,” said Senate President Jeremy Miller (R-Winona) in a statement following the vote. “It is a bill that focuses on core infrastructure, roads and bridges, water and sewer upgrades, community economic development, and other critical projects that will create jobs and stimulate our economy. I am incredibly proud of the hard work and bipartisan efforts that went into crafting this bill.

The bonding bill contains funding for several projects in the southeastern part of the state. Here's a snapshot of some of those projects:

  • $7 million to the city of Caledonia for a new wastewater treatment plant to replace one from 1962.
  • $1.4 million to the city of Lanesboro also for a new wastewater treatment plant that was constructed in 1938.
  • $750,000 to Winona County for the purchase of land for a new county jail.
  • $2 million to the city of Winona to construct the Mississippi Riverfront Trail, a paved trail from Levee Park to Lions Park along the Mississippi River.

You can view the full bill here.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KTTC) -- After more than nine hours of discussion, the Minnesota House of Representatives voted to pass the long-debated bonding bill.

This was eight months in the making, long delayed during a pandemic and legislative gridlock. The $1.9 billion package would fund construction projects across the state.

It easily passed by a 100 to 34 margin, with many Republicans joining Democrats in passing it.

The bill now goes to the Senate which will convene on Thursday.

The bill pays for a new treatment facility in Caledonia.

A new jail will be constructed in Winona County. A grant of $750,000 will be provided to purchase the land for that project.

The Senate reconvenes at noon on Thursday. A bill needs to pass with a 3/5 majority.

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