Gov. Jesse Ventura vetoed the following items:
-- A $1 million appropriation to the St. Paul Port Authority for acquisition of the Trillium site in the city of Saint Paul. Ventura says the project was not pre-approved by all parties involved in negotiating a final agreement on the bill and is not an emergency item.
-- A $300,000 appropriation to the St. Paul Port Authority for a 38-acre site that is part of the Trout Brook Greenway corridor in St. Paul. Ventura says the site should enter a competitive process for funding through the Department of Trade and Economic Development and should require a local funding match.
-- $600,000 for three Amateur Sports Commission projects: $475,000 for after-school enrichment programs, $25,000 for bleachers at the Range Recreational Center and $100,000 for a shooting sports program in Grand Rapids. Ventura says all three requests should be considered as part of the capital budget next year.
-- A $275,000 appropriation to the University of Minnesota to develop green infrastructure design strategies for public works projects.
-- A $455,000 appropriation to the University of Minnesota for "Uncommon Ground: An Educational Television Series."
-- A $300,000 appropriation from fiscal year 2001 for several police-related programs. Ventura says the use of 2001 funds would reduce the size of the estimated rebate and is unacceptable.
-- A $500,000 appropriation for predesign of the Roy Wilkins auditorium and exhibit hall in St. Paul. Ventura says this should be considered as part of the capital budgeting process next year.
-- A $100,000 appropriation to the Albert Lea Port Authority to remodel a building in an industrial park. Ventura says this is a local project and was proposed to be financed inappropriately from reductions in an important statewide program.
-- A $50,000 appropriation for the Big Bear Education and Logging Center concept development. Ventura says this is should be considered as a capital bonding request next year.
-- A $150,000 appropriation to local governments to plan and promote the 2004 Grand Excursion. Ventura says that while this would promote tourism in a particular geographic area, the project doesn't demonstrate a higher value than the other tourism expenditures that it would replace.
-- A $200,000 one-time appropriation to the State Board of Investment to pay staff costs related to focusing efforts on investing in Minnesota-based startup businesses. Ventura says the legislation needed to start the program was not enacted.
-- A $25,000 per-year appropriation to city of Taylor's Falls for fire and rescue operations in support of Interstate State Park. Ventura says this is an improper use of state funds that would set a poor precedent.
-- An amendment to a Guthrie Theatre appropriation that would have allowed $3 million in funding to be used for planning rather than capital. Ventura says the change in scope would potentially create an additional state obligation.
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