Web Extra: Dayton’s Capital Budget Recommendations

ST. PAUL (WCCO/AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton focused on jobs as he unveiled the details of his bonding proposal for the 2012 legislative session, which included issuing $775 million in bonds for construction projects.

“This bill is our chance to put thousands of Minnesotans back to work by investing in important projects throughout our state,” said Dayton.

The proposal would include $30 million for the construction and repair of bridges, as well as $25 million for the construction of a new light-rail corridor connecting Eden Prairie to the Central Corridor line currently being built between the downtown areas of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Among the other proposals to spur job growth include $13.5 million for the expansion of the Hormel Institute, $35 million to expand the Rochester Mayo Civic Center, and another $10 million to create a civic center in St. Cloud.

The Democratic governor’s administration estimates the bill would create up to 21,700 new jobs.

Much of the talk at the State Capitol lately has been over various proposals to build a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings football team. Dayton’s proposal included $27 million for the construction of a new stadium — but not for the Vikings. The money would be allocated to build a new regional ballpark in St. Paul.

Dayton also recommended $78 million to go to the University of Minnesota system, and another $63.5 to Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.

“I hope that the legislature will join me in growing Minnesota’s economy now by passing a bonding bill in the first month of the session.  Doing so will enable many of the projects, and their jobs, to become realities this year,” said Dayton.

House and Senate Republican leaders said bonds should be used for core infrastructure needs only, such as road construction.

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Comments (45)
  1. DaytonSux says:

    Spend spend spend spend….. tax tax tax tax………. all democrats know how to do.

    1. Recall Dayton says:

      Dayton just wants to pay back the labor unions and teachers unions that voted for him. He is a disgrace to MN citizens!!!!! Time to recall this clown!

  2. Rufus Larkin says:

    Dayton want to give more public works projects to seasonal construction workers who make already more that $40K per year part time.

    1. Grynch says:

      Hey, but look on the bright side… at least our state will look a little bit prettier. Now that’s asset allocation.

      1. DougT says:

        Its a redistribution of wealth…… and the government decides who the winners and losers will be…..

        In other words they choose where your money (that they extort from you) will be spent – for you. Because they know better –

        Keep working and paying your taxes because the beast is hungry!


    2. jimmy says:

      More right wingers pushing their class warfare.

      1. just sayin says:

        More liberals crying about it.

        1. Chris says:

          Could it be that you are both wrong? You act like you’re cheering on your favorite team. No matter what the other side does or says, it is wrong. Grow up.

      2. rjd says:

        jimmy, I think you have that back asswards. It’s the liberal dems who make their living off of class warfare. Just listen to whats his name in the white house

        1. jimmy says:

          This class warfare was started by the right wing 30 years ago. It’s about time the hard working men and women of America start fighting back.

          1. I am union here me roar says:

            Yea fight back! Take other hard working men and women’s taxpayer dollars and when the entire state is broke, vote for the guy who’s going to spend more of their money on us. I want that $750,000,000.00 to only benefit my kind of people.

          2. Carl says:

            What are you 6 years old? He started it mommy! Grow up and get a job. Dont wait for big govt to mail you a check every month!

          3. I think Jimmy is union says:

            @ jimmy,

            By hard working men and women you mean union right? Because I don’t see how this benefits any other workers but them. Is that your idea of something that benefits everyone equally?

            1. dan says:

              Just Borrowing more money to Buy more Union jobs and votes!

      3. Tom says:

        Dayton is waging class warfare. He want to take our money and give it to the billionaire Zygi the pinhead.

        1. Wrong article says:

          Not to disagree with the whole “Dayton is waging class warfare” statement but we’re talking $750,000,000.00 here not a Vikings stadium.

  3. snotful says:

    That poor boy must have OD’d on his prozac again. Where does he think the state, already around $5 billion in debt, is going to come up with 3/4 of a billion for Zippy the Chump, and another 3/4 of a billion for his latest pet projects?

    Sorry, gov, that green stuff doesn’t fall out of the skys.

    And another … s-s-s- … I can hardly type the word … s-s-stadium???? The Lord knows I love the Saints – way more than the Twinkies or the Vikes, but, sorry, I’m still opposed to ANY public money for private entertainment. Not even for the Saints who are many, many, many cuts above the Twins and Vikings put together.

    Gov, why don’t you leave town with Zippy and his team of losers?

  4. Kevin says:

    $750,000,000. of Union payback from Dayton. Are the sheeple of MN really this stupid????

    1. sarn says:

      Are you suggesting that this is just payback for voting him in? Shame on you! They are hard working citizens and they deserve the rest of our money!

  5. Mark says:

    What is the matter with this wacko? Stadiums, ball parks, light rail? Does he understand we DON’T have any money? Does he understand we are in bad economic times and it could get worse before it gets better? Does he think he can repay the union vote by spending money we don’t have and we the people the taxpayers will just go along with this? WOW he sure lives in a differant world.

    1. snowfire says:

      Left wingers don’t like unions as this represents a living wage and cuts into the profits of the wealthy. They don’t like the government creating jobs either because they are the job creator and they don’t like competition. The taxpayers (99%’ers) bailed out the banks so the job creator funding would be protected, they don’t want the taxpayers to be bailed out as that would protect the funding of the government, they won’t create any jobs because they are holding out in order to reduce labor costs (expecting the government to subsidize the workers with welfare like Walmart employees) and increase their profits in an period of low taxes (on the wealthy) and hoping for another reduction in their taxes. Merry-go-round!

  6. dan says:

    Borrower more money so we can Buy more Union jobs! What a country!

  7. Ben Dover says:

    Every picture I see of Mr. Dayton he looks so stupid, stumped and he hasn’t even heard the question.

    1. KR says:

      You’re being polite. I say he looks constipated 😉

      1. prune juice says:

        Well, I sure hope when it comes out, it’s green, it can be folded, there’s lots of it, and he can keep pushing it out.

        1. Doc says:

          Oh he’ll push plenty of it out, you just won’t be recieving any unless you work for a union.

  8. Balanced Beam says:

    This headline shows one of the problems with journalism currently. If it said “Dayton: Bonding Bill Focuses on Job Creation” it would properly report that that is the Governor’s contention. But by suggesting that it is an objective fact that the proposal focuses on job creation (versus stimulus spending or payback for union support, etc.), the reporter appears to be taking sides.

    1. History lesson says:

      This has been “one of the problems with journalism currently”? No, this has always been what journalism and the media is all about, since its inception there have been journalists taking particular political sides, that’s how the media was invented in the first place. In this case, the journalist appears to be writing the article with union support on his mind or it would have been written differently.

  9. taxed enough says:

    It don’t add up. With all the projects listed and the gov. asking for 775 million that still leaves 379.5 million dollars left. Where is that going to???

    1. STP says:

      Politicians need salaries too.

    2. Nate says:

      Politicians need salaries too.

  10. Keatin says:

    Unbelievable! Is this all Democrats know how to do? Borrower more money for more temporary jobs? All these jobs will be gone in 2 years after the pet projects are built. Investing in small business to help them grow and expand product lines is the only way out of this mess. Giving Temp jobs to union contractors will get us no where!
    Obama’s 3 year experiment has been an epic failure, good luck MN!

  11. Mike says:

    Republicans are right! Let’s get on the global market wage scale and become more competitive. A minimum wage for everyone, reduce our benefits down to nothing and while we are it, get rid of social security, medicare and medicaid. Then we can take all those public sector jobs and throw them at the ‘free market’. We can than privatize our police and fire departments after we have thrown all the teachers to the street and closed down all public universities. Toll boths at every corner! Grand idea! Don’t forget to vote for MItt Romney who thinks making $370 thousand dollars a year is chump change while paying less than 15% in taxes. Down with socialism!

    1. J M Keynes says:

      Good point. Let’s just declare our salaries to be $100,000.00 and up with big pensions and benefits. Then we’ll pray the money fairy keep delivering the resources to pay for it.

  12. Vote Union YES! says:

    I didn’t realize how many people are envious of unions. Instead of complaining, join one, or better yet create one of your own.

    1. Tom says:

      we just dont want our money going to political payoffs. but don’t worry we trimmed most of the dems out of congress so its a moot point.

  13. RIII says:

    The only jobs that will grow the economy are in private industries that produce tangible goods like farming, mining and manufacturing. Construction jobs should be the result of growth in private industry and not the result of money stolen from hard working people. Governor Dayton has proven himself over and over again to be little more than a union stooge. More spending will only result in higher taxes that will cause the loss of more real jobs in the long run.

    1. Frankie says:

      So the state should allow their buildings to crumble, parks to deteriorate from usage. prisoners go free, No more to be education as the population grow
      The short term benefit from the bonding bill is jobs but other than what was mentioned in the article, you have no clue as to what is covered in the bill. You probably also have no clue that the legislature looks at operating budgets one year, capital requests the other.

  14. Vote Union YES! says:

    Private industries only concern is how cheaply they can produce their products by sending the abroad where they can take advantage of slave labor, and no restrictions on hazardous materials…

  15. DougT says:

    Seems like the only thing this bill will grow is Debt- Debt and more Debt…..

    heck we all will soon be working for the State – and the results will be just like good old totalitarian North Korea…….And then they will put the grand liberal perfume on it and call us “The Hermit” state…………………

  16. Kevin says:

    Will any of these jobs go to any of the 390,000 immigrants currently in the twin cites? I am all about the immigrant!

  17. payback time says:

    Now, now people. This is an “investment.”

  18. Frankie says:

    Every two years there has been a bonding bill. 41 comments at the time of this posting and not a soul would appear to know this fact. That Dayton proposes a bonding bill makes it evil to many. Pawlenty, Ventura and governors before them all have proposed bonding for the states non hiway infrastructure. The possibility exists that the webmaster chose the headline just to tweak the righties.

  19. Ronald Thorn says:

    Muchos Gracias for your blog post.Really thank you! Fantastic.

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