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Governor Dayton’s $1.5 billion public works proposal would make urgently-needed investments to build world–class colleges and universities for Minnesotans, and improve and repair state buildings and other critical infrastructure across the state. The Governor’s proposal would invest $541 million at the University of Minnesota and Minnesota State campuses. An additional $996 million would be directed to improving state buildings, building affordable housing, repairing clean water infrastructure, and other infrastructure projects across Minnesota. 

Learn more about Governor Dayton's proposal below and see how these projects would impact your community. 

Investing in World Class Colleges and Universities

Minnesota’s public colleges and universities are training the next generation of Minnesota workers for good jobs and bright futures, while supporting economic opportunity for communities all across our state. This year, Governor Dayton’s public works proposal would invest $542 million in public higher education classrooms and facilities statewide. These investments would help ensure that all Minnesotans can access a world-class education no matter where they live.

Investing in Clean, Affordable Water for Minnesotans

In the Land of 10,000 Lakes, Minnesotans expect clean, affordable water, no matter where they live. But over 40 percent of Minnesota’s waters are listed as impaired or polluted. Experts estimate that Minnesota communities will need $11 billion in water infrastructure improvements over the next two decades to replace and upgrade aging treatment facilities and expand systems to accommodate economic growth and increased demand. Governor Dayton’s public works proposal would invest $167 million in our water resources, protecting them for future generations of Minnesotans. 

Improving and Repairing State Buildings

Delaying needed maintenance projects, even small ones, can have a damaging impact on the state’s long-term finances. Costs only increase as older buildings deteriorate further, while new items are added to the growing list of deferred repair and improvement projects. Governor Dayton’s public works proposal would begin to reverse the underinvestment in basic state infrastructure. The Governor’s proposal would invest $998 million to improve and repair state buildings and other critical infrastructure, helping to reduce needed deferred maintenance at aging facilities across the state.

Building Strong Communities

Governor Dayton’s public works proposal invests in projects that expand opportunity, and protect Minnesota’s natural and historic landmarks. The Governor’s proposal includes investments for education, road, bridge, and transit infrastructure, regional assets, and historic perseveration. Governor Dayton’s public works proposal makes strategic investments in assets that will be treasured by our communities for decades into the future. These projects will support the prosperity and quality of life enjoyed by communities in every corner of Minnesota. 

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

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:
Clean Affordable Water: [Link]
World-Class Colleges and Universities: [Link]
Building Strong Communities: [Link]
Improving and Repairing State Buildings [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


* 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. 

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