A conference committee late Sunday night hammered out a (possible) final spreadsheet of projects the state would fund in its construction borrowing bill and could send that bill to a vote today.
The $1 billion bonding bill as proposed does not include the $89.7 million Gov. Tim Pawlenty wanted to expand the sex offender treatment program at Moose Lake, and could face a Pawlenty veto if it is passed because it is $300 million larger than his list of requests.
Final spending breakdowns include:
* $100 million for the University of Minnesota, including $55 million for asset preservation and replacement, but only $5 million for a physics and nanotechnology building for which Pawlenty requested $53 million.
* $306 million for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, including $52 million for asset preservation and replacement and money for science, engineering, bioscience and health studies classroom facilities in St. Cloud, Southwest Minnesota State, North Hennepin Community College, Lake Superior College and Anoka Ramsey Community College.
* $130 million for the Department of Natural Resources, including $63.5 million for flood hazard mitigation grants, $21 million for state trails development and $11 million for state parks and trails rehabilitation.
* $159 million for the Department of Transportation, including $67 million for local bridge rehabilitation and replacement, of which $10 million would go to Hennepin County’s Lowry Avenue Bridge project and $7 million for Minneapolis to build a bridge over the Northtown Rail Yard at St. Anthony Parkway.
* $79 million for the Metropolitan Council, including $43.5 million for transit improvements and $11 million for the Como Zoo.
* $134 million for the Department of Employment and Economic Development, including money for civic centers in Mankato, Rochester and St. Cloud, $16 million for Minneapolis’ Orchestra Hall and Peavey Plaza renovation, $16 million for St. Paul’s Ordway Center expansion and $5 million to build a St. Paul Asian-Pacific Cultural Center.
* $57 million for public facilities, including $30 million to match federal grants and $27 million for sewer infrastructure improvement grants.
* $21 million for the Minnesota Zoo, including $15 million to construct a “Heart of the Zoo” entry, visitor and environmental education center.
There’s also $7 million for construction of an emergency management training center at Camp Ripley by Little Falls, a Pawlenty request.