District 23 wins grants

To the Editor:

A busy final week at the Legislature has culminated in the passage of a 2014 bonding bill. After months of negotiations, input and tours throughout the state, I proudly supported $842 million for general obligation bonds and $198 million for cash project appropriations.

When visiting the district I serve, there are many projects that deserve an investment from the state, not only local investment. Hard work is essential when attempting to complete these projects and I am grateful to work alongside State Reps. Bob Gunther, R-Fairmont, and Tony Cornish, R-Good Thunder, in our attempts to gain the needed funds for our district projects. I am also fortunate to have a solid working relationship with members across the aisle, something that is necessary to accomplish work that is best for the state.

Projects that directly benefit District 23 are:

o $1.425 million for the Truman storm water project.

o $570,000 for the Jackson Library expansion.

o $2.4 million for the Rapidan Dam renovation.

o $25.8 million for a new clinical science building at Minnesota State-Mankato

The Greater Minnesota Business Public Infrastructure Grants are funded at $4 million. Communities in greater Minnesota are eligible for these grants, which will help stimulate economic development, and retain and create jobs through investment in public infrastructure.

The 2014 bonding bill will help improve Minnesota’s crumbling roads, bridges and infrastructure with funding for local bridge replacement, greater Minnesota transit and more than $54 million in local road improvement grants.

Between the bonding bill and cash bill, there is $100 million being appropriated for public housing construction, acquisition, and rehabilitation. This is extremely important for communities such as Jackson that has a great need of funds in order to support numerous families living there. This will allow many families and friends right here in District 23 and across the state to continue living in their homes and communities.

Lastly, the cash bill offers more beneficial funding to the area. It includes $14.5 million for the Mankato State Arena, $22 million for the Lewis and Clark Pipeline and $500,000 for Innovative Business Development Infrastructure.

These are important investments that will encourage growth and prosperity in southern Minnesota. By working together with our colleagues on both sides of the aisle, Rep. Gunther, Rep. Cornish and I were able to ensure our district was well funded in the 2014 bonding bill.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or comments about these projects or any other legislative issue. It is an honor to serve as your state senator.

State Sen. Julie Rosen,