Posted: 03/30/12 06:17
by Dave Mindeman
When you look at the Senate bonding bill, it is very,very hard not to think about a political tinge to the whole affair.
Here is a quote from the Star Tribune....
Released Wednesday, the bill offers no money to renovate Nicollet Mall, nothing for a new ballpark for the St. Paul Saints and no funding for the Southwest corridor light-rail project.....The Senate package emphasizes improvement projects at college campuses, heavily favoring the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities over the University of Minnesota, triggering strong protests from the U. It allocates just $25 million for renovation of the aging State Capitol -- a top priority for Dayton and a project for which the House proposed a separate bonding bill of $200 million. (The) Mankato civic center (was) left out even though St. Cloud and Rochester centers were included.
OK - here's the coincidences....
Sen. Sandy Pappas and Sen. John Harrington represent St. Paul and were involved in the ethics complaint against Geoff Michel. St. Paul Saints ball park funding disappears.
Sen. Kathy Sheran is the Mankato Representative. Mankato Civic Center funding goes away....Rochester and St. Cloud stay in. Majority Leader Dave Senjem represents Rochester and chairs the bonding bill committee.
Steve Sviggum, Senate spokesman, is forced out at the Board of Regents. The bonding bill shifts money from the U to MnSCU.
Another disturbing aspect of this is that the bill leaves out money for the Southwest Corridor Light Rail. Even though the state would only have to provide 10% of the money, the legislature is slowly strangling the project.
The full value of light rail will never be met if we don't get a full Metro wide system. Every piece that we have scratched and clawed to get into place has exceeded expectations. Yet, Republican lead legislative houses continue to block or slow down this vital transportaion alternative.....which even the business community supports.
Republican leadership is more interested in political games and political payback than jobs for Minnesota.
This is a fact.