Funds for facilities maintenance at Minnesota universities, rail safety improvements and renovations at the troubled state security hospital are among the items on a $1.4 billion bonding wish list Gov. Mark Dayton announced Friday.
Whittled from nearly $4 billion in requests, the governor’s capital investment proposal would reach from Grand Marais to Luverne to aid projects large and small, and, Dayton said during a morning news conference, create an estimated 39,000 Minnesota jobs.
“This is a tremendous opportunity to make the kind of significant investment in the future of Minnesota — in the infrastructure, in our higher education buildings and the like — that we need and are seriously behind in accomplishing,” he said. (Read more)
(PICTURED: Gov. Mark Dayton lays out his $1.4 billion bonding proposal at a Jan. 15 news conference. Photo by Andrew VonBank)
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MONDAY - Joint meeting of the House Transportation Policy and Finance Committee, and the Senate Transportation and Public Safety Budget Division *
Monday, February 15 2016 10:00 AM
Watch: Live Event
* Agenda items are for discussion only:.
- Review status, update and discussion on conference committee HF4 (Kelly/Dibble) Omnibus transportation policy and finance bill.
- MnDOT presentation on status of recently passed federal transportation FAST (Fixing America’s Surface Transportation) Act legislation and its impacts on Minnesota.
- MnDOT presentation on federal Fast Act provisions related to rail safety.
- Update on railroad safety improvements.
Brian Sweeney, BNSF.
John Apitz , Minnesota Regional Railroads Association.
- Additional items may be added
2016 SESSION - House floor session
Tuesday, March 8 2016 12:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
The Minnesota Legislature will next convene in Regular Session on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, at 12:00 p.m.
Legislature reconvenes in less than a month
The 2016 legislative session is scheduled to begin at noon, March 8. Lawmakers must constitutionally complete their work by May 23.
Three committee deadlines for the 2016 session have been established:
• April 1, committees must act favorably on bills in the house of origin;
• April 8, committees must act favorably on bills, or companion bills, that met the first deadline in the other house; and
• April 21, the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee must act favorably on major appropriation and finance bills.
House members who have formally announced they will not be seeking re-election in 2016 (as of Feb. 8, 2016):
Rep. Joe Atkins (DFL-Inver Grove Heights)
Rep. Kim Norton (DFL-Rochester)
Seeking Senate seat:
Rep. Dan Schoen (DFL-St. Paul Park)
Rep. Erik Simonson (DFL-Duluth)
Seeking Senate seat but have not resigned their House seat:
Rep. Connie Bernardy (DFL-Fridley)
Rep. Jason Isaacson (DFL-Little Canada)
Rep. Carolyn Laine (DFL-Columbia Heights)
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