Supporting Minnesota Farmers
Governor Dayton and Lt. Governor Smith have proposed a $35 million investment in their Jobs Bill to fund the Rural Finance Authority, and ensure Minnesota Ag producers receive the assistance they need. The Governor and Lt. Governor have also proposed a $690,000 investment to help build a developmental kitchen for food entrepreneurs at AURI’s facility in Crookston and add new equipment and technology upgrades at AURI’s Waseca and Marshall Facilities that will be used to develop new products from otherwise unusable Ag waste.
|Water and Natural Resources
Governor Dayton and Lt. Governor Smith’s Jobs Bill would invest $167 million to the fund water infrastructure to help communities rehabilitate wastewater and drinking water infrastructure systems, expand capacity, and meet water quality requirements.
|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.
|Investments in Minnesota Students
School districts across Minnesota lack the space to house classrooms for preschool and kindergarten students. However, school levies can place a heavy burden on local property tax payers. In response, the Governor and Lt. Governor have proposed a $15 million investment in their Jobs Bill to help schools expand their facilities without burdening local property owners.
|Health and Safety
The Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter is facing staffing shortages and increasingly challenging patients. The Governor and Lt. Governor have included a $70.3 million investment in their Jobs Bill to renovate and expand the facility, so that it is better able to serve patients with the most serious conditions
Governor Dayton is proposing funding to support communities statewide investing in projects that will create jobs, attract additional private investment, and support economic development.
MAP: See some of the projects Governor Dayton’s Jobs Bill would invest in statewide. [Link]
FACT SHEET: See some of the community projects Governor Dayton and Lt. Governor Smith’s Jobs Bill would invest in, across Minnesota, while creating more than 22,950 jobs. [Link]
SNAPSHOT: See a snapshot of all community construction projects included in the Governor and Lt. Governor’s 2017 Jobs Bill, sorted by county. [Link]
SPREADSHEET: See the full bonding spreadsheet of community construction projects included in the Governor and Lt. Governor’s 2017 Jobs Bill. [Link]
* In 2015, the Bureau of Economic Analysis at the U.S. Department of Commerce released a modified economic model to replace the original Regional Input-Output Modeling System (RIMS), which was produced in 2007. RIMS is used to gauge the impact of a change in economic activity on a local community or a particular region of the country. The 2015 updated model estimates that for every $1 million in construction project spending in Minnesota approximately 15.3 jobs are generated. The jobs number estimate cited in this news release is based on this analysis.