Bonding Bill

Walz surprised Moorhead Armory renovation isn’t considered in bonding bill

MINNESOTA – Gov. Tim Walz wants a $2 billion dollar bonding bill plan he proposed in January to pass in the legislature’s special session. He seems surprised $5.3 million in renovations and an addition to the Moorhead National Guard Armory is no longer on the list of projects that could get state money. “Everybody from the Pentagon to National Guard…

Minnesota lawmakers fail to reach deals on construction bill, economic relief

Walz tweeted Sunday afternoon to urge lawmakers forward on a bonding bill.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9)–The Minnesota Legislature’s usual last-minute fireworks turned into a dud Sunday as lawmakers failed to approve construction projects or respond to the economic fallout caused by the coronavirus pandemic. A $998 million infrastructure bonding bill failed in the state Senate over opposition from Democrats. The Sunday evening vote was 38-29, and 41 votes are required to…

‘Fix The Pipes!’ Coalition Asking for Water Infrastructure Funding in MN

The city of Detroit Lakes is hoping to replace a lift station if the bonding bill passes.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A failing water infrastructure system has leaders across Minnesota begging the legislature to address a problem that they say has been ignored for too long. “We have seen cities that are at their wits end in terms of keeping their sewage treatment plants together,” said Senator David M. Senjem. Those leaders formed an organization to help fight…

Governor Walz tours projects seeking funding in Moorhead

Gov. Walz also visited projects in Detroit Lakes and East Grand Forks

MOORHEAD, Minn.- Governor Walz toured the MSUM campus and 20th/21st Avenue underpass construction to see the firsthand needs of Moorhead. The tour is part of a two month plan to visit areas of Minnesota seeking funding from the legislature and the governor. While visiting MSUM, Walz toured Weld Hall and spoke about how dated and inaccessible the building is. For…

Minnesota House Capital Investment Committee Stops in Moorhead on Tour

Representatives see local projects that have been submitted to get state funding

MOORHEAD, Minn. — The Minnesota House Capital Investment Committee is on a tour across the Twin Cities and Northwest Minnesota. The group stopped at MSUM to learn about the renovation of Weld Hall. They also toured the 11th Street railroad grade separation in Moorhead. Representatives go a tour each year before the bonding bill to see local projects that have…

MSUM Hopeful State Will Fund All Four Campus Renovation Proposals

A $17 million renovation of Weld Hall is the centerpiece of the combined proposals

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Minnesota legislators are about to return to St. Paul and debate Governor Dayton’s state bonding bill.  A few items on that list are proposed renovations to the MSUM campus.  The buildings on the MSUM campus are a mixture of old and new. The university says  renovations are needed to keep the older ones running efficiently and to…

Minnesota Lawmakers Make Major Decisions on Budget Battle

Lawmakers reconvened around noon

  ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota Legislative leaders have released a bill to borrow more than $1 billion for public construction projects that includes more than $250 million for transportation infrastructure. The bonding bill is expected to be the final piece of legislation that lawmakers take up during the special session, which was envisioned as a one-day event for Tuesday…

Moorhead Mayor Williams Hopeful For Bonding Bill

Officials are concerned about emergency crews coming from Fargo getting delayed when a train is crossing

MOORHEAD, Minn.– Moorhead Mayor Del Rae Williams said she is waiting anxiously as the Minnesota Legislature wraps up its work. The bonding bill includes a $42 million railroad underpass project south of Moorhead High School. Officials are concerned about emergency crews coming from Fargo getting delayed when a train is crossing. Council members also say that this project is crucial…

Minnesota State Representative Ben Lien Shares Hopes for New Session

Sitting down with the League of Woman Voter of the Red River Valley Lien talks about the issues being discussed in the state legislature

FARGO, N.D. Minnesota’s Assistant Minority Leader, Ben Lien from Moorhead answered questions Friday afternoon in Fargo. Lien spoke to the League of Women Voters of the Red River Valley. With the Minnesota Legislature under Republican control, Democrats, lead by Governor Dayton, will face some obstacles. Lien said the two hardest bills to pass will be the bonding bill and a…