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$1 Million for Convention Center in House Bonding Bill [AUDIO]

Jim Maurice

ST. CLOUD – The State House has included the River’s Edge Convention Center in it’s bonding bill — sort of.  The city was asking for $10.1 million to build a parking ramp adjacent to the facility.  However, the House only included $1 million for the project.

State Representative Steve Gottwalt of St. Cloud says at least the project is still in play, and he’s hoping they’ll still get more money.

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The House did not include any money for upgrades to the St. Cloud Prison or the St. Cloud Technical and Community College.  The total bill is proposing $280 million in bonding projects.  Gottwalt says he was surprised it was so low.

The State Senate still has to release it’s bonding proposal.

The Governor wants a $775 million bonding bill.  His proposal includes the full $10.1 million for the Convention Center and $29 million for the St. Cloud Prison, but it doesn’t include money for the Technical and Community College.

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