The Minnesota House of Representatives and Senate sent a $986 million state construction borrowing bill to Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Thursday.
The final votes were 89-44 in the House and 49-17 in the Senate, but those numbers might not be important, as Pawlenty said he’ll sign the overall bill, vetoing individual projects that he doesn’t like.
With that, and Pawlenty’s general disdain for all things Minneapolis and St. Paul in mind, here’s as comprehensive a list of Twin Cities projects in the final bonding bill as I could put together. I’ll keep an eye on them to see how they fared under Pawlenty’s veto pen:
* $43.5 million for the Metropolitan Council to improve transit in the Twin Cities, including Central Corridor improvements, preliminary design of the Southwest Corridor light rail line, Cedar Avenue bus rapid transit engineering, St. Paul’s Union Depot renovation, desiging a transit connection in Minneapolis for commuter and light rail lines and more.
* $23 million to renovate Folwell Hall at the University of Minnesota for the Liberal Arts College.
* $21 million for improvements to the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley.
* $16 million to expand the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul.
* $16 million to renovate and expand Minneapolis’ Orchestra Hall and Peavey Plaza.
* $14.8 million to build a Center for Business and Technology at North Hennepin Community College.
* $13 million for Minneapolis Community and Technical College to renovate their Workforce program.
* $11 million for renovations at St. Paul’s Como Zoo.
* $10.6 million library and student services center renovations at Hennepin Technical College in Eden Prairie and Brooklyn Park.
* $10.5 million for the Metropolitan Council for regional park rehabilitation and land acquisition.
* $10 million for Ramsey County to reimburse part of the Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare expansion cost.
* $10 million for Hennepin County to replace the Lowry Avenue Bridge over the Mississippi River.
* $7 million for Minneapolis to build a St. Anthony Parkway bridge over the Northtown Rail Yard.
* $5.9 million for technology-enhanced classrooms at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul.
* $5 million for Ramsey County to reconstruct the Rice Street Bridge at Minnesota Highway 36 in St. Paul.
* $5 million to build and equip an Asian-Pacific Cultural Center in St. Paul.
* $5 million to renovate the Cedar Street National Guard Armory in St. Paul.
* $4 million to design a new nanotechnology center at the University of Minnesota.
* $4 million for storm water drainage and road infrastructure on Minneapolis’ Granary Road.
* $3 million for the Metropolitan Council to hand out sewage treatment grants.
* $2 million for Bloomington to renovate the old Cedar Avenue Bridge for bicycle and recreational users.
* $2 million for Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board to renovate the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden next to the Walker Art Center.
* $2 million for the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board to build a Minnesota Veterans monument in Sheridan Veterans Memorial Park.
* $1.2 million for Hennepin County for emergency building stabilization for Fort Snelling Upper Bluff.
* $1.1 million for St. Paul and Ramsey County to renovate the Phalen-Keller Regional Park, including the waterfall on the northwest shore of Lake Phalen.
* $1 million for the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board to design an Olympic-class training center at Theodore Wirth Regional Park in Golden Valley.
* $840,000 to design and begin construction on a Minnesota African-American History Museum and Culture Center.
* $750,000 for Minneapolis to complete an Emergency Operations Center and Fire Training Facility.