Jan 4 Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton unveiled a
plan on Wednesday to fund a variety of infrastructure projects
"vital" to the state's future with $1.5 billion of general
The proposal is slightly bigger than the $1.4 billion
bonding plan he proposed a year ago to the Democrat-controlled
Senate and Republican-controlled House. A deal failed to
materialize, leaving Minnesota without annual infrastructure
The Democratic governor could face a tougher battle this
year as Republicans control both legislative chambers after
winning a one-seat majority in the Senate in the Nov. 8
Dayton's plan includes funding to improve roads, bridges,
water systems, higher education facilities and railroad safety.
Representatives for Republican legislative leaders could not
immediately be reached for comment.
"This is a big proposal, but it is well within our fiscal
capacity," Dayton told reporters, pointing to the state's high
credit ratings and budget reserves.
He said he hopes lawmakers will recognize the importance of
the projects and pass legislation quickly so that work can begin
"The cost of not doing these projects is greater than the
cost of doing them," Dayton said.
(Reporting by Karen Pierog; editing by Grant McCool)