Hefty Roster Of Public Works Projects Lands Before Lawmakers
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Jostling has begun among Minnesota cities, counties and state government agencies to get road projects, nature trails, amphitheaters, prison repairs and much more into a public-works borrowing plan.
Gov. Mark Dayton and the Legislature will assemble the package next year. But the Department of Minnesota Management and Budget has informed lawmakers $3.2 billion in preliminary construction requests have poured in. Much of that is from state agencies, but cities and counties are seeking $767 million.
Far more projects on the wish lists will be rejected than those that prevail.
Dayton's budget chief Myron Frans said that by January the governor plans to compile a $1 billion proposal.
Republican legislators who run the House will be "advocating for something leaner," says House Capital Investment Committee Chairman Paul Torkelson.