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Dayton earmarks bond money for River's Edge, St. Cloud jail facility

Dayton earmarks bond money for River's Edge, St. Cloud jail facility Click to Enlarge Photo:

Jan 17, 2012 at 3:48 pm

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KNSI, AP) - Gov. Mark Dayton had good news for St. Cloud Tuesday, including a final $10.1 million to finish the city's River's Edge Convention Center expansion project as part of a $775 million bonding bill.

Dayton released his bonding wish-list Tuesday. The $10.1 million would go toward completing a parking ramp and final riverfront upgrades outside the newly renovated downtown convention center.

Also included in the proposal was $29.9 million to overhaul Minnesota Correctional Facility, St. Cloud, featuring a new intake unit, a health services unit and a loading dock at the men's prison.

DAYTON'S BOND RECOMMENDATIONS: Read the full list of state bond construction projects proposed by Gov. Mark Dayton for 2012; 1/17/12 (PDF File)

In addition to the St. Cloud project, the proposal includes $78 million for University of Minnesota building projects, and another $63.5 million for MNSCU campuses. It also features money to build a Saint Paul Saints ballpark in downtown Minneapolis, civic center projects in Rochester and Mankato as well as construction and repair of bridges and a down payment on design and construction of a light rail line to connect downtown Minneapolis with its southwestern suburbs.

Dayton estimates the bill would create up to 21,700 new jobs.

House and Senate Republican leaders say bonds should be used for core infrastructure needs only, such as road construction. They will take up the issue when the legislative session opens in St. Paul Jan. 24.

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