Gov. Dayton’s Bonding Bill Invests Millions into Duluth

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton unveiled a $1.4 billion bonding bill Thursday that includes $27 million going to build a new science and engineering lab building at UMD, and $21 million for Duluth energy efficiency upgrades. 

The Governor’s new Jobs Bill addresses infrastructure projects statewide, and is estimated to create 39,900 new jobs in Minnesota. 

Additional projects impacting Duluth include $5.3 million to reconstruct the runways at the Duluth International Airport and Sky Harbor Airport, along with $5.6 million for port improvements.  The bill will also provide $million for construction of an airline terminal at the International Falls-Koochiching County Airport. 

Dayton also announced $12.7 million in funding for the clean-up of the contaminated St. Louis River. 

Duluth Mayor Emily Larson responded to the bonding proposal saying, “This is incredible news, and I am grateful to Governor Dayton and Lt. Governor Smith for their support of Duluth projects, and specifically for the steam plant conversion. Along with our team, I will continue to champion this throughout the legislative session to ensure full support. Duluth Energy Systems will be a model of innovation, partnership, and energy efficiency.” 

The $21 million will be used to convert Duluth’s 80-year-old steam energy system to a hot water system. 

The bill will now head to the Legislature for approval.  

“My proposals would put thousands of Minnesotans to work throughout our state,” said Dayton, “This bill will help deliver clean, affordable water to Minnesota communities, and prioritize projects that have been delayed for many years.  These projects are essential to improving our state’s infrastructure. I ask the legislature to join me in working to pass a capital investment bill this session that will support our local economies and create jobs.”

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