ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Gov. Mark Dayton is pushing to borrow $1.5 billion for a vast list of public construction projects.
The Democratic governor released his so-called bonding bill Tuesday. It puts a heavy emphasis on upkeep at public colleges and universities, expanding affordable housing options and improving water infrastructure across Minnesota.
His proposal also would fund iconic local projects like $4 million in renovations to Duluth's Glensheen Mansion and $13 million to repair the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis. He says the time is ripe to invest heavily in public construction.
It sets the stage for a marquee item of the 2018 legislative session when lawmakers return Feb. 20. But Dayton's proposal will likely face pushback from Republicans who control the Legislature.
The administration had previously budgeted for an $800 million borrowing package.
Dayton's office says his proposals would create an estimated 22,950 jobs. For descriptions of all the projects, click here.