Wit the new 2017 session of the Minnesota Legislature kicking off on Jan. 3, Session Daily reports that Gov. Mark Dayton wasted no time in proposing a $1.5 billion bonding bill. Dayton’s plan is nearly $500 million more than his 2016 proposal, due in large part to a bonding bill not passing the state Legislature at all in 2016.
Some highlights from the bill include:
- $135 million for infrastructure maintenance at Minnesota State and University of Minnesota campuses;
- $70.3 million to renovate and expand the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter;
- $70 million for cities, counties and townships to make road improvements aimed at reducing traffic crashes, deaths and property damage;
- $69.7 million for projects to separate rail and motor vehicle traffic at rail crossings in Moorhead, Prairie Island and Coon Rapids;
- $35 million for the Rural Finance Authority, a low-interest loan program for Minnesota farmers;
- $33.2 million to fund a new State Emergency Operations Center in Arden Hills
Read more over at Session Daily.
Big expansion slated for Hmong College Prep Academy
Hmong College Prep Academy, a St. Paul-based charter school that provides Twin City students with a challenging college prep curriculum, recently announced plans to expand their current campus.
Slated for a spring ground breaking, the project will mark the school’s third major expansion since opening its doors in 2004. The upcoming expansion will include a new elementary school, playground and expanded green space.
Upon completion, HCPA’s campus will be able to host 2,200 K-12 students.
Learn more about the school and the project over at Hmong Times.