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Building a Better Minnesota


Click here to see a regional breakdown of Governor Dayton's Minnesota Jobs Bill.

Governor Dayton’s Jobs Bill would invest $1.4 billion in infrastructure projects statewide, creating an estimated 39,900 Minnesota jobs. This new Jobs Bill would help address many of the state’s critical infrastructure needs, including essential water infrastructure, while strengthening Minnesota’s economy and putting thousands of people to work. 

The Governor’s Jobs Bill includes critical infrastructure projects distributed across Minnesota. It balances the needs of the state, with 35 percent of projects in Greater Minnesota, 35 percent in the Twin Cities Area, and 30 percent having impacts statewide. And Governor Dayton’ Jobs Bill is designed to make state resources go further, by leveraging more than $600 million in private, local, and federal dollars.

Click here to learn more about Governor Dayton's proposal to create 39,900 Minnesota jobs.

Main Street Minnesota 

The Governor’s Jobs Bill supports regional centers statewide – investing in projects that will create jobs, attract additional private investment, and support economic development in communities across Minnesota. 

Water Quality and Infrastructure 

Governor Dayton’s Jobs Bill would invest $167 million in infrastructure projects to help communities across the state deliver clean, affordable water to their residents. The Governor’s plan would also invest $52.7 million in helping restore and protect water quality across the state, helping communities minimize wastewater in our lakes and rivers, expanding buffers, and cleaning up the St. Louis River Estuary. 

Rail and Pipeline Safety 

Every day, trains carrying oil and other hazardous materials pass through Minnesota. These trains present real risks to public safety and our natural resources. To improve rail safety, Governor Dayton’s Jobs Bill would fund three major grade separations. The proposal also would improve warning systems at highway rail crossings and quiet zones and fund the construction of training centers.  

Higher Education  

Governor Dayton’s Jobs Bill would invest 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.  

Fish and Wildlife 

Minnesota, the Land of 10,000 lakes and abundant fields and forests, has a rich tradition of hunting and fishing. To help protect that heritage, and ensure it remains for future generations, Governor Dayton’s Jobs Bill would invest in projects to address the declining walleye population of Lake Mille Lacs and support Minnesota’s pheasant population. 
Economic Development 

Governor Dayton is proposing funding to support communities statewide investing in projects that will create jobs, attract additional private investment, and support economic development. 

2016 Jobs Bill Project Map: 

MAP: See some of the projects Governor Dayton’s Jobs Bill would invest in statewide. [Link]

SNAPSHOT: Look up Jobs Bill projects by county. [Link]

SPREADSHEET: See the full list of investments in Governor Dayton’s Jobs Bill. [Link]

*Dr. Stephen Fuller, Faculty Chair and Director of the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University. Testimony before Congress on January 22, 2009: His research found that, when there are sufficient unused labor, capital and materials, an additional $1 billion of investment in nonresidential construction supports or creates 28,500 jobs and adds $3.4 billion to GDP and $1.1 billion to personal income. About one-third of the benefit accrues directly to the construction industry. Roughly one-sixth goes to industries that supply materials, services and equipment to the construction project. Fully half of the gain is diffused through the entire economy, as workers and owners in the construction and supplier industries spend their added income on a wide range of goods and services.

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