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Latz Praises Governor's Bonding Proposal

The state senator specifically praised the inclusion of $25 million for Southwest LRT.

Sen. Ron Latz (DFL-District 44) on Wednesday applauded Gov. Mark Dayton’s $775 million bonding proposal—specifically noting the inclusion of $25 million for the Southwest Light Rail project.

“With a bold and targeted capital investment package, we can, as the Governor noted, help private-sector companies put many Minnesotans back to work,” a Wednesday news release quoted Latz. “If we act quickly, we can get the shovels in the ground and paychecks in the mail as soon as this summer.”

Latz—whose district includes Hopkins, St. Louis Park and Golden Valley— said the light-rail funding will help residents in the southwest metro who face increasing traffic congestion. He also praised the proposal for creating jobs and investing in road and bridge improvements, infrastructure upgrades at colleges and universities, and public safety improvements.

“It’s time to put Minnesota back to work and to make the investments that will benefit our children and grandchildren,” Latz said. “Let’s put aside partisan bickering and work together for the citizens of our state. I pledge to work with the Governor to get a solid bonding bill passed.”

Historically, even years are the time when the state approves a bonding bill with borrowing for capital projects across the state. Dayton released his $775 million plan Tuesday that contains money for a new Saints stadium, a Nicollet Mall renovation, the Rochester Mayo Civic Center and various other projects.

The plan , including TwinWest. Yet many Republicans are critical of the proposal, especially the light-rail component.

The plan faces additional pushback because lawmakers approved a $500 million bonding bill in July.

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