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NORNES ANNOUNCES 2005 CAPITAL INVESTMENT BILL AGREEMENT

Thursday, March 31, 2005
ST. PAUL – The Legislative conference committee March 30 agreed to an $886 million bonding bill. The legislation dedicates funds to repair or construct infrastructure projects across the state. State Rep. Bud Nornes (R-Fergus Falls) expressed support for the bill, calling it “a good bipartisan bill to address our immediate needs,” and that more jobs will be created once it’s formally approved. Nornes was pleased the bonding package included a bill to allocate $7.6 million for improvements to the Fergus Falls campus of Minnesota State Community and Technical College. It would be used to construct an addition for fine arts, technology and student services, as well as the design and remodeling of both general and ITV classes. Money is also allocated for asset preservation at both the Fergus Falls veterans home and military affairs office, and for renovations for the Minnesota Department of Human Services office in Fergus Falls. “I’m pleased to have helped convince my fellow members about the importance of these projects,” Nornes said. “These are tremendous assets locally and to the entire state.” Other bonding projects of note include: $50 million to fund local road and bridge projects throughout the state; $670,000 to the World War II monument; $23 million to the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP); $10 million in WIF funding; and $213.5 million for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities projects. The Minnesota House will vote on the bill on Monday, April 4. If both the House and Senate approve it, then it will go to Gov. Tim Pawlenty for his signature.
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