The Minnesota House passed a Capital Investment package that includes $846 million in bonds and an additional bill that includes $200 million in further investments in infrastructure projects. The bills include priorities with statewide significance, focusing on higher education, regional assets, transportation, housing and basic infrastructure.
The bill contains a number of local projects including:
• $42.5 million for MnSCU Higher Education Asset Preservation and Repair, which would provide $2 million in funding for Central Lakes College to replace the roof on the Library/Fine Arts building and replace air handlers, HVAC distribution and controls for the business and industry area.
• $17.6 million for state parks and trails, money which would fund a $2.38 million expansion of the Cuyuna Lakes Trail, which was chief-authored by Rep. Radinovich (DFL – Crosby) and co-authored by Rep. Ward, and $1.7 million for an expansion of the Camp Ripley Veterans State Trail, which was chief-authored by Rep. Ward and co-authored by Rep. Radinovich.
• $18.3 million in a Wastewater Infrastructure Fund, with $110,000 potentially going to the North Long Lake Sewer Project.
• The bill contains $2 million in fish hatchery improvements, with approximately $100,000 in improvements for Brainerd.
• The proposal includes $10 million in Department of Natural Resources Asset Preservation funding with approximately $200,000 for Mille Lacs water access sites rehabilitation.
• The bill includes $3 million in Department of Human Services Asset Preservation with an estimated $750,000 for the Brainerd Regional Human Services Center.
•$325,000 for the Aitkin County Fairgrounds. Aitkin County is seeking funding to build a new food service building, two multi-purpose buildings, and relocate and reconstruct the livestock shelter and show arena. Rep. Radinovich is the chief author of this legislation.
• $831,350 in state matching funds for EPA Capitalization Grants for Cuyuna.
• $4.2 million for the Central Lakes College Staples Campus rightsizing.
• The bonding bill contains $33 million for statewide bridge repair and replacement and another $54 million for local road improvements. The proposal also includes $100 million for affordable housing rehabilitation.
The Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport water/sewer line extension is being included in the second tax bill, along with the Brainerd-Baxter local optional sales tax which will fund the extension. A tax increment financing bill for Baxter will also be in the tax bill.