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Thursday, March 22, 2018

ST. PAUL – A proposal that would construct a veterans’ home in Montevideo took another important step forward recently, as the Minnesota House State Government Finance Committee held a hearing to learn more about local progress on the project.


“I’m so proud of the residents from the Montevideo area that made their case,” Miller said. “They outlined the numbers and specifics and the incredible local support cannot be denied.”


Miller’s bill would allocate $6 million in bonding proceeds to build a veterans facility in Montevideo. The City of Montevideo and Chippewa County have found 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.


To date, 1,500 Minnesotans who served our nation would like to make a veterans’ home their permanent residence, and the federal government has authorized Minnesota an additional 234 beds in order to begin to meet the growing need.


“We’re ready to go,” Miller said. “We’re shovel ready, and that’s what the federal government is asking for.”


Miller is pushing for his Montevideo veterans’ home bill to be included in the Minnesota House Capital Investment legislation that will be unveiled in the coming weeks.