ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton is working to renew interest in a $1 billion plan for publicly financed building projects in Minnesota, saying the construction industry faces an “emergency situation.”

Dayton met Tuesday with architects, contractors and construction workers about the proposal, which stalled after he introduced it in January. Leaders of the Republican-led Legislature say they don’t plan to pass a large bonding bill this year but may approve emergency flood-relief projects.

At a roundtable, Dayton heard of high construction-sector unemployment. He says a public works bill both improves public assets and helps private-sector businesses hired to do the work. Dayton says he focused on “paint and repair” projects that can start up quickly.

Dayton has spelled out $500 million in projects and left the rest for lawmakers to fill in.

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Comments (5)
  1. My money my money mine mine mine says:

    Yes, but GOP supporters who want to sleep with their money while otrhers are in need will stop that.

  2. lib says:

    Govt can’t create jobs, this is just recyclling money not creating new money.

  3. Reasonable says:

    I would imagine that construction firms near rivers will be doing alright in about 3 weeks…

  4. Really? says:

    lib, Goverment can create jobs. Where do you get your facts? Too many people repeat that lie others dish out as if it is fact to support their goals. The reason why people say that goverment cannot create jobs is that they don’t want the country to work while Obama is in office. And for that I hope the GOP will get swept under the carpet in 2012 never to be seen again.

  5. Edward says:

    The only ’emergency situation’ is union payback for their contributions to his camp. Another b.s. trip down stimulus road.

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