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Posted: 2006-03-23 00:00:00
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NEWS RELEASE

GUNTHER: BIOSCIENCES PRIORITIZED IN JOBS PORTION OF CAPITAL INVESTMENT BILL


ST. PAUL – After hearing testimony throughout the opening weeks of the 2006 Legislative session regarding projects that should be included in this year’s bonding bill, the House Jobs and Economic Opportunity Policy and Finance Committee has finished its capital budget recommendations. State Representative Bob Gunther (R-Fairmont), who chairs the Jobs Committee, said the selection process can be difficult.

“It is tough to pick and choose which projects will make the final cut, as all of them are valuable and necessary,” Gunther said. “In the end, the committee selected the 20 projects that we felt were among the highest priority in the state.”

Gunther said the Jobs portion of the comprehensive bonding bill will total nearly $275 million. Many of the projects selected deal with wastewater and power plant infrastructure, regional water systems, supportive housing loans, and redevelopment grants. But Gunther said the greatest emphasis of the Jobs proposal was given to biosciences development.

“Minnesota stands ready to be the nationwide leader in the biosciences,” Gunther said. “But to attain that position, our state has to be willing to make the necessary investments. This plan does exactly that, by dedicating more than $27 million to bioscience development in the Metro Area, Rochester, and Greater Minnesota.”

Gunther expects the House version of the bonding bill to be debated on the floor within the next few weeks.

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