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Continued: $1.1 billion bonding bill goes down to wire

  • Article by: BAIRD HELGESON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 15, 2014 - 10:51 PM

“I just get nervous because I have cut a lot of Democrats,” Hausman said. “At a certain point, you have to be fair to everyone.”

The final measure includes about $1.17 billion in spending, with about $846 million coming from state-backed debt. The rest is cash and other forms of borrowing.

The construction package includes countless relatively tiny allotments that lack the attention-grabbing appeal of new science buildings but are hugely important to their local communities.

Legislators set aside $200,000 for a small roads and sewers project in Sandstone, pop. 2,770. But that little bit of seed money will usher in a new $30 million hospital complex.

“It’s huge as far as the quality of medical care that people will get,” said Rep. Tim Faust, DFL-Hinckley. “But it is also big as far as the employment during construction and once the hospital is built.”

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