ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton is asking lawmakers to pony up for water quality and infrastructure improvements.
The Democratic governor unveiled a $220 million plan Thursday that would help pay for dozens of direly needed upgrades to waste and drinking water treatment facilities across the state. It’s just a portion of a larger public construction borrowing package that Dayton is proposing this year.READ MORE: Hopkins Police Investigating Homicide At Apartment Building
Dayton says his proposal is just the first step in more than $10 billion of improvements to ailing sewage networks and treatment plants needed over the next two decades. The governor says boosting water quality will be a top priority for his final three years in office.READ MORE: Mass Casualty Simulation Helps Nat'l Guard, Children's Minnesota Practice Treating Kids
Minnesota lawmakers will consider the proposal when they return March 8. Dayton concedes the Legislature will likely whittle down his plan.MORE NEWS: Amid Missionary Hostage Crisis, Minnesotan From Port-Au-Prince Wishes 'Haiti Would Get The Help They Need'
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