St. Paul Saints and civic centers listed in bonding bill

5:53 PM, Jan 17, 2012   |    comments
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ST. PAUL, Minn. - Governor Mark Dayton unveiled his wish list for the 2012 legislative session and a new ballpark for the St. Paul Saints is included.

"It's a first step for us, but it's a huge first step," said Saints Vice President Tom Whaley.

The ballpark is one of the more high profile projects.

It would move the Saints from Midway to Lowertown in St. Paul.
The proposal calls for 27 million dollars towards a 7,000 seat park.

The Saints and the city of St. Paul would still need to come up with another 27 million to make the deal work.

"Now we have to deliver," said Whaley. "And convince the legislature and take our case to them as to why this investment makes sense."

Others who may need to convince legislators are leaders in Rochester, St. Cloud and Mankato, where expansion and improvement projects are slated for civic centers in those towns.

The state's republican critics are against the proposal, saying bonds should only be used for core needs like roads.

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