ST. PAUL – Western and northern Minnesota would see construction of a new veterans home in their region under a proposal being championed by State Representative Tim Miller (R-Prinsburg).
Very simply, the Minnesota Veterans and Quality of Life Act would allocate bonding proceeds to both cities to help meet the necessary state funding match for veterans’ home construction.
“If we pit one region versus another lawmakers will be forced to make a choice over where to build a veterans home, and the reality is both areas truly need it,” Miller said. “Combining both bills into one eliminates regional politics and promotes what’s most important – our veterans.”
Of local interest, the Minnesota Veterans and Quality of Life Act would secure $6 million in bonding proceeds to build a facility in Montevideo.
Miller said both the City of Montevideo and Chippewa County have done an unbelievable job of finding ways to fund all but $6 million of the state’s financial requirement. Roughly two-thirds of the costs for a new veterans’ home would come from federal contributions.
“Addressing this growing need is long overdue,” Miller said. “I’m looking forward to working on behalf of our veterans this session, and hopeful we will be able to create two new veterans’ homes in Montevideo and Bemidji.”