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Dayton, Branstad: Don't mess with the RFS

Posted on February 24, 2014 at 8:00 AM
Categories: Transportation, Greater Minnesota, Commerce, Agriculture

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad

Governor Mark Dayton Governor Terry BranstadWe are governors from neighboring states and different political parties. We don't agree on everything, but we stand united in our belief that our nation needs a robust Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and together in our opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to weaken the RFS.

Since Congress enacted the RFS in 2005 by huge bipartisan margins, it has provided the secure policy foundation that rural America needs to continue investments in renewable fuels. Those investments yield excellent returns. They diversify our nation's energy portfolio, clean the air, grow opportunities for businesses, create good paying jobs in rural America, add value to farm products, and give consumers lower-cost choices at the pump.

Big Oil dislikes renewable fuels, and has used its clout in Washington D.C. and at state capitals to thwart their progress. When Minnesota became the first state to require all gasoline sold to contain at least 10 percent ethanol (E10), Big Oil predicted fearsome disasters. They warned that ethanol would clog cars' carburetors and explode their engines, disrupt supply lines causing gasoline shortages, and increase the price at the pump for consumers. None of that happened.

The petroleum industry also claimed that the RFS causes higher fuel prices. In fact, the opposite has proven true. On February 4, 2014, regular gasoline in Cresco, Iowa, a town about 15 minutes from the Iowa-Minnesota border, was selling for $3.44 per gallon. E10 was selling at $3.13 per gallon. E85 fuel, which is 85 percent ethanol, was selling for $2.60 per gallon at the same station - 84 cents per gallon cheaper than regular gasoline.

A recent study at Iowa State University found that, "Feasible increases in the ethanol mandate in 2014 will cause a small decline in the price of E10. Our results should reassure those in Congress and the Administration who are worried that following the RFS commitment to expanding the use of renewable fuels will result in sharply higher fuel prices for consumers."

The Environmental Protection Agency previously estimated that by 2022, renewable fuels would replace 13.6 billion gallons of gasoline and diesel consumption and save motorists nearly $12 billion each year. The EPA also predicted that this displacement of gasoline and diesel would reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by 138 million metric tons, equivalent to removing 27 million vehicles from our nation's highways. Ethanol can increase competition and save consumers money, provide real choice at the pump, and drive innovations and efficiencies that are good for the economy.


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Governor Dayton’s bonding bill makes major investments in Greater Mankato area

Posted on February 20, 2014 at 10:43 AM
Categories: Bonding, Greater Minnesota, Jobs

Greater Mankato Area

Photo Credit: Flickr User Aaron Landry 

Governor Mark Dayton has proposed a jobs bill that will make critical investments in infrastructure projects across our state, and create an estimated 27,000 jobs. The Governor’s bonding proposal would make major investments in key projects in Mankato and surrounding communities. Some of those projects include:

Mankato Civic Center and Ice Arena. The Governor’s proposal recommends investing $14.5 million in the renovation and expansion of the Mankato Civic Center and Ice Arena. While many Minnesotans may know it as the home of Minnesota State Maverick hockey teams, the center also is critical to the regional economy – hosting conferences and regional events. Since it was first built, more than 80 businesses have started or expanded in downtown Mankato adding more than 520 new jobs, while retaining an additional 400 jobs.

Making this new investment in the Mankato Civic Center will help ensure this shovel-ready expansion and renovation project moves past the planning stage. Doing so will deliver big benefits for our state, including:

  • An additional $50 million of economic activity in the Greater Mankato region
  • More than 450 construction jobs, resulting in an $84 million economic impact on the region’s economy

South Central College. Governor Dayton understands that Minnesotans need access to a world-class education to be prepared for the jobs of the future. That is why nearly 25 percent of the Governor’s bonding proposal invests in higher education projects, including $7.5 million to renovate science, technology, and engineering, and math facilities at South Central College in North Mankato. Making these improvements will help Minnesotans develop the skills they need for great jobs in health care, computer technology, and agribusiness.


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Governor Dayton’s bonding proposal supports critical Duluth projects

Posted on January 27, 2014 at 8:00 AM
Categories: Jobs, Greater Minnesota, Education

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Last Friday, Governor Mark Dayton traveled to the University of Minnesota - Duluth to have a conversation with students, faculty, and staff about recent investments Minnesota’s future. In 2013, the Governor worked closely with the Legislature to make major investments in job creation, property tax relief, and education. Governor Dayton’s budget invests $86.5 million in job creation efforts that will leverage $1.5 billion in private sector investment – creating thousands of good jobs. But, they didn’t stop there – they worked to provide middle class Minnesotans $400 million in needed property tax relief.


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Jobs Proposal Regional Highlights

Posted on January 23, 2014 at 1:46 PM
Categories: Bonding, Education, Greater Minnesota, Jobs

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Governor Dayton’s bonding proposal is focused on making the kind of long term investments proven to create jobs.  The bill would put up to 27,000 Minnesotans back to work by investing in improvements in infrastructure, our colleges and universities, and many other regional economic development projects.

The proposal also includes additional projects of statewide and regional importance, including investments in water, natural resources, and other important services for Minnesotans. See the attached document for a breakdown of regional highlights in the Governor’s Bonding Proposal.

#
Region
Project
Amount in Millions
Description
1
NE
Airline Terminal Expansion,
International Falls
$2,000
The Governor recommends $2 million for a grant to the International Falls–Koochiching County Airport Commission to be used as the local match to federal funds to construct a new airline terminal facility located in International Falls. The total project cost is $11.3 million.
2
NE
Chisholm-Hibbing Airport,
Hibbing
$5,000
The Governor recommends $5 million for a grant to the Chisholm-Hibbing Airport Authority to demolish the existing terminal and to construct a new passenger terminal and boarding bridge, and associated equipment at the Range Regional Airport. A local match is required.
3
Ne
NorShor Theatre Historic Renovation, Duluth
$6,950
The Governor recommends $6.95 million for a grant to the Duluth Economic Development Authority for renovations to the NorShor Arts Center. The state bond proceeds would be used specifically to facilitate skywalk and handicapped accessibility and provide public access to the newly renovated NorShor Arts Center. The total project cost is $22.35 million.
4
NW
Northland Community & Technical College Aviation Maintenance Facility, Thief River Falls
$3,909
The Governor recommends $3.909 million to address the future needs of the Unmanned Aerial Systems and Imagery Analyst programs. This project includes demolition and replacement of technical space to meet program objectives and industry requirements.
5
NW
Road Repair, Second Street South, Fosston
$400
The Governor recommends $400,000 for a grant to the City of Fosston to reconstruct Second Street South, bringing the road to a 10-ton capacity to accommodate both residential and farm-to-market traffic. The total project cost is $1.3 million.
6
CE
MN State Community and Technical College, Moorhead Transportation Center, Moorhead
$4,363
The Governor recommends $4.363 million to expand the Transportation Center on the Moorhead campus. New labs for the diesel technology program will accommodate larger and more modern diesel agriculture, construction and transportation equipment, and will relieve unsafe congestion in the existing laboratories.
7
CE
Central Lakes College, Staples
$3,054
The Governor recommends $3.054 million to renovate the Staples campus. Core student service functions will be right-sized and reconfigured into a one-stop service center. Additionally, the facility energy systems will be upgraded to include photovoltaic solar panels and energy efficient windows and doors.
8
CE
River's Edge Convention Center, St. Cloud
$11,560
The Governor recommends $11.56 for a grant to the City of St. Cloud to complete an expansion of the St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center. The total project cost is approximately $39 million with $26 million already spent.
9
SW
South Hawk Creek Business Park, Clara City
$748
The Governor recommends $748,000 for a grant to Clara City for local road construction and water and sewer improvements to a new business park. The total project cost is $1.5 million.
10
SW
Southwest Regional Sports Center, Marshall
$4,298
The Governor recommends $4.298 million in state bonding to construct a southwest regional sports center in Marshall, Minnesota. The sports center would feature two ice sheets that could be converted to volleyball/basketball courts as well as ten outdoor athletic fields that could be used for soccer, lacrosse, rugby, football, and other field sports.
11
SW
Lewis & Clark Regional Water System, Luverne
$20,203
The Governor recommends $20.203 million for a grant to the Lewis and Clark Joint Powers Board for Phase 1 of the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System project. Phase 1 will deliver water to the City of Luverne in December 2015. The total project cost is $70.564 million, and it is a three-phase project.
12
SW
Minnesota State Arena, Mankato
$14,500
The Governor recommends $14.5 million for a grant to the City of Mankato for renovating and expanding the Minnesota State Arena and Events Center. The project’s total cost is $32 million.
13
SE
Mayo Civic Center, Rochester
$37,000
The Governor recommends $37 million for a grant to the City of Rochester for the expansion and remodeling of the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester. The total project cost is $81.1 million.
14
SE
Winona State University, Winona
$3,935
The Governor recommends $3.935 million to begin work on Phase I of the Education Village renovation project. The predesign plan includes the reuse of three buildings that will be renovated into space that integrates specialty labs and classrooms for all education programs.
15
SE
Minnesota State College, SE Technical, Red Wing / Winona
$1,133
The Governor recommends $1.133 million to renovate carpentry classroom space on the Red Wing campus and medical lab space and welding lab space on the Winona campus. The projects will modernize space, convert storage space into classroom space, provide multi-use space that will serve all academic programs of the college, and assist the campuses with better meeting industry standards.
16
MA
Minnesota Children's Museum, Saint Paul
$14,000
The Governor recommends $14 million for a grant to the City of St. Paul to expand and renovate the Minnesota Children’s Museum. The total project cost is $28 million.
17
MA
TCAAP (Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant), Arden Hills
$29,000
The Governor recommends $29 million for a grant to Ramsey County for improvements to bridges and roadways near the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant (TCAAP) site. A local match is required.
18
MA
Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis
$20,000
The Governor recommends $20 million for a grant to the City of Minneapolis for the revitalization of the Nicollet Mall. The project will rebuild Nicollet Mall from building face to building face and will include pedestrian, roadway, and transitway improvements. The total project cost is estimated to be approximately $53 million.
19
MA
Minnesota State Capitol Restoration, Saint Paul
$126,300
The Governor recommends $126.3 million to complete the restoration of the State Capitol Building. The Capitol Resoration project includes repairs to the deteriorating building façade and modernization of the mechanical, electrical, plumbing, life-safety, security and telecommunication systems.

Click here to download the map as an Adobe .PDF. 

To see the full list of the Governor's bonding recommendations, please visit this page.


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Jobs Proposal Will Create Over 27,000 Minnesota Jobs

Posted on January 15, 2014 at 11:23 AM
Categories: Bonding, Public Safety, Transportation, Greater Minnesota, Jobs

Governor Mark Dayton today introduced a bonding proposal that would invest $986 million in infrastructure projects statewide, creating more than 27,000 Minnesota jobs. This new jobs bill would help addresses many of the state’s critical infrastructure needs, while strengthening Minnesota’s economy and getting people back to work.

$986 Million Bonding Bill Invests in Needed Infrastructure Improvements across Minnesota

ST. PAUL, MN – Governor Mark Dayton today introduced a bonding proposal that would invest $986 million in infrastructure projects statewide, creating more than 27,000 Minnesota jobs1. This new jobs bill would help addresses many of the state’s critical infrastructure needs, while strengthening Minnesota’s economy and getting people back to work.

“My proposals will put thousands of Minnesotans to work throughout our state,” said Governor Dayton. “This bill gives priority to projects that are ready to go. Many of them have been delayed for years and are crucial to revitalizing downtown business centers, modernizing MnSCU and U of M buildings and classrooms, and improving parks, roads, and local infrastructure.”

Regional Civic Centers and Downtown Improvements
The Governor’s bonding proposal invests over $104 million in downtown areas and regional centers statewide – projects that will create jobs, attract additional private investment, and support economic development in communities across Minnesota. Some of those downtown investments include:

  • $37 million for the Rochester Mayo Civic Center expansion
  • $20 million for revitalization of Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis
  • $14.5 million for a new addition to the Mankato Civic Center (Minnesota State Arena)
  • $14 million to expand and renovate the Children’s Museum in downtown St. Paul
  • $11.6 million for an expansion of the St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center
  • $6.9 million for renovation of the historic NorShor Theatre in Duluth
Higher Education
Governor Dayton’s bonding proposal also invests $233 million in our state’s higher education systems to ensure that Minnesota students have access to world-class labs, classrooms, and training for the jobs of the future. Highlights of education projects included in the Governor’s bill include:
  • $80 million for asset preservation and replacement at MnSCU and University of Minnesota campuses statewide ($40 million in HEAPR funds for each system)
  • $74 million for additional infrastructure improvements at 17 MnSCU campuses statewide
  • $56.7 million for renovation of the University of Minnesota’s Tate Science and Teaching building
  • $12 million for the University of Minnesota’s Research and Laboratory Improvement Fund

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State Launches New Minnesota Job Creation Fund

Posted on January 10, 2014 at 2:00 PM
Categories: Economy, Greater Minnesota, Jobs

Cmmr Clark Sieben and Governor Dayton

On Friday, Governor Mark Dayton and DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben announced the launch of a new Minnesota Job Creation Fund at the state Capitol; a new economic development initiative that will help create 5,000 new jobs and attract an estimated $450 million in private investment into Minnesota’s economy.

Today at the Minnesota State Capitol, Governor Mark Dayton and Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben announced that businesses looking to expand their operations and hire new workers in Minnesota may now qualify for assistance from the newly-created Minnesota Job Creation Fund. This pay-for-performance business development initiative, administered by the state’s Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), will help create an estimated 5,000 new jobs statewide and attract another $450 million of private investment into Minnesota’s growing economy. 



“Over the last three years Minnesota has added more than 122,700 new jobs, regaining all the jobs that were lost during the Great Recession,” said Governor Dayton. “But we cannot afford to rest on our laurels now. The strength of our economy and the security of middle class Minnesota families depend on the investments we make today to accelerate job growth and get every Minnesotan back to work. Every job matters; and that is why initiatives like the Minnesota Job Creation Fund are so important.” 



The $24 million Minnesota Job Creation Fund, proposed by Governor Dayton and passed by the Minnesota Legislature in 2013, will replace the state’s JOBZ program, which is set to expire in 2015. The new fund will provide up to $1 million to businesses after they meet certain criteria, including minimum requirements for job creation and private investment. Under the program, businesses must create at least 10 full-time jobs and invest at least $500,000 in their own developments to be eligible for financial assistance. 



“The Minnesota Job Creation Fund will not only provide access to capital for businesses that need assistance to expand or move their operations to Minnesota, but it will add high-quality jobs to the state’s economy,” said DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben. “This pay-for-performance tool will continue the economic momentum we have built since recovering from the recession.” 



The Department of Employment and Economic Development is currently accepting Minnesota Job Creation Fund applications from businesses seeking financial assistance to expand or locate in Minnesota. Businesses engaged in manufacturing, warehousing, distribution, and technology may be eligible for assistance. Companies must work with the local government (city, county or township) where a project is located in order to be eligible for assistance. More details about the Minnesota Job Creation Fund, including program requirements and application materials, are available on the DEED website at www.tinyurl.com/JobCreationFund.


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Investing in Minnesota's Middle Class: Education, Jobs, and Tax Relief

Posted on June 24, 2013 at 1:02 PM
Categories: Jobs, Greater Minnesota, Budget


Governor Dayton Greets Constituent
Governor Dayton Greets Constituent  

Growing the middle class is essential to Minnesota’s economy. This past legislative session, Gov. Mark Dayton delivered on his promise to create a Better Minnesota for the middle class. Working with the DFL legislature, the governor made new high-impact investments in the following areas:
  • Education
  • Jobs and the economy
  • Property tax relief
These investments help Minnesota families with the basic by helping their kids get a world-class education, helping parents find good paying jobs and by providing needed property tax reductions.

Education
Every child deserves top quality education that’s why, from early childhood programs to high schools, Minnesota schools will receive a $485 million funding increase during the next two years. This means more funding for every learner in every school – including $134 million to ensure that all Minnesota children have access free all-day kindergarten. It also includes $40 million in scholarships to help 8,000 more children attend high quality childcare and preschool, ensuring they are prepared for kindergarten and beyond!

Higher Education
More and more jobs require education beyond high school. During the next two years, Minnesotans will reap the benefits of a $250 million investment in higher education. This includes $46 million in financial aid for students and a tuition freeze to curb costs at all public colleges and universities in Minnesota. 

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Governor Dayton's Fishing Opener Photo Contest

Posted on May 08, 2013 at 8:00 AM
Categories: Outdoors, Economy, Greater Minnesota

Celebrate the fishing season in Minnesota by submitting your fishing opener photo

The 66th annual Governor’s Fishing Opener will kick off this weekend in the Park Rapids Lakes Area, a popular destination for outdoor recreation. This extended weekend in northwest Minnesota will be full of fun activities for the whole family, leading up to opening day across Minnesota on Saturday, May 11, 2013. 

To celebrate the kick off of the fishing season across Minnesota, Governor Dayton has launched a “Best Minnesota Fishing Opener Photo” contest for his new Facebook Cover photo. To participate, all you need to do is submit a photo you have taken during fishing opener weekend in Minnesota. Please submit your entries to Dayton.media@state.mn.us by Friday, May 17, 2013 (See details at the bottom of the blog).

The Governor’s Fishing Opener has been a tradition in Minnesota since 1948. The event was designed to promote the development of Minnesota’s recreation industry, and in recent years, it has served as a kick-off celebration for the summer tourism season. Travel and tourism generate $11.3 billion in leisure and hospitality gross sales in Minnesota annually.

Fishing in Minnesota is more than a pastime; it’s vital to the economy and offers so much more beyond its face-value. Help support a Minnesota tradition and get your fishing license today, either online or at any DNR supported location.  See you at the lake!

Photo contest submissions:

Please include your name, a description of the photo, the location where the photo was taken, and the date that the photo was taken with your email submission to Dayton.media@state.mn.us.

The Governor will choose a photo that will be displayed on his Facebook cover on Friday, May 17, 2013.

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Celebrating Arbor Day in Minnesota

Posted on April 26, 2013 at 1:33 PM
Categories: Greater Minnesota, Environment, Outdoors

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April 26th is Arbor Month in Minnesota.

Arbor Day - plant trees for a brighter MinnesotaGovernor Dayton has proclaimed today to be Arbor Day in Minnesota. Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday of each April to celebrate the importance of trees worldwide. Today kicks off an entire month for celebrating trees in Minnesota that will continue for the entire month of May.

Trees and forests brighten Minnesota in a number of ways, from providing recreational setting and increasing property values, to making cities more beautiful and livable. Trees also bring communities together and reduce crime when they are planted. Minnesota’s trees are crucial to brightening the environment by improving air and water quality as well.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is leading this year’s Arbor Day initiative. This year’s theme for Arbor Day and Arbor Month is “Plant Trees for a Brighter Minnesota.” The DNR is encouraging Minnesotans to replace trees lost during the past year due to severe weather or any other reason. For information on how to get the DNR’s guide for Arbor Day and Arbor Month, check out their Arbor Month website here.


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Building a Better Minnesota: Regional Civic Centers and Downtown Improvements

Posted on April 17, 2013 at 10:35 AM
Categories: Bonding, Economy, Jobs, Greater Minnesota

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Governor Dayton's bonding proposal invests $98.5 million in Minnesota's downtowns

Governor Dayton’s commitment to building a better Minnesota starts with jobs that help build communities. The governor’s bonding proposal invests $98.5 million in the downtowns of regional centers; projects that will create jobs, attract additional private investment, and support economic development in communities across Minnesota. Those investments include: 
  • $35 million for the Rochester Civic Center expansion
  • $20 million for reconstruction of Nicollet Avenue in downtown Minneapolis
  • $14.5 million for a new addition to the Mankato Civic Center
  • $14 million to double the size of the Children’s Museum in downtown St. Paul
  • $10.1 million for an expansion of the St. Cloud Civic Center

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