Rep. John Ward, DFL-Brainerd, listed several area projects contained in $566 million bonding bill that was passed Tuesday in the House of Representatives. The bill contains funding for the addition to the Camp Ripley Education Center in Little Falls, along with a potential $2 million for area trails. The bonding bill also has a $50 million Business Development Grant Program administered through DEED. Area units of government across the state will be able to apply for grant money for projects.
“We all came here this session with a goal of job creation and this bill will create jobs,” said Rep. Ward. “I am disappointed that preservation and replacement money for Central Lakes College was not included, and I would have much rather we passed a $775 million bonding bill, but this is a start. Public infrastructure across our entire state is crumbling and this bill will start work on our huge backlog of worthwhile projects.
Rep. Ward also announced Tuesday that he intends to vote for the Vikings Stadium legislation, scheduled to be on the House floor Tuesday afternoon.
“I have said time and time again that job creation was my top priority and that it was time to put politics aside and work together to pass a meaningful jobs bill for Minnesota. That’s what I’m doing today. With unemployment in Brainerd and Crow Wing County at a higher rate than the rest of the state — we simply can’t afford any more inaction.”