The Minnesota House Capital Investment Committee released its 2008 bonding package on Monday, proposing just over $950 million for state and regional work projects. Two area projects were included in the bonding package, funding for the Lake Titloe watershed and the Minnesota Prairie Line, both projects authored by State Rep. Terry Morrow (DFL-St. Peter).
The bonding bill projects cover a wide array of areas, including higher education, pubic safety, wastewater infrastructure and local transportation projects. This legislation will create as many as 10 thousand jobs.
The City of Gaylord is designated to receive a $475 thousand grant to improve water quality in the Lake Titloe watershed, according to Morrow.
“The Lake Titloe group, the city of Gaylord, and MSU-Mankato professors Bryce Hoppie and Trent Vorlicek presented a compelling case for state support for this project,” said Morrow. “I am very happy that everyone’s hard work will help restore Lake Titloe.”
The second local appropriation is $7 million for the Minnesota Valley Regional Rail Authority to renovate the rail line that runs through Gaylord, Winthrop, and elsewhere.
“Freight rail like the Minnesota Prairie Line offers our area a competitive advantage if the line is strengthened,” said Morrow. “This publicly-owned rail line, when it’s improved, will allow existing shippers to reduce costs and will entice other employers to our area.”
Over the past months, the members of the House bonding committee traveled the state to consider hundreds of bonding proposals; they visited Gaylord and Winthrop last fall to learn about area projects.
The House is expected to vote on the bill on Thursday, after which it will travel to the Senate for negotiations on a final package. The bill will then move to the Governor.
“I am very pleased to see that the hard work of folks in our area is recognized in the House bonding bill,” said Morrow. “I am optimistic they will be remain in the final bill that the Governor signs into law.”