Mayor Coleman praises Governor Dayton’s bonding proposal, support for economic development and infrastructure

Mayor Chris Coleman today (January 4, 2017) offered the following statement in support of Governor Mark Dayton’s bonding proposal, which includes full funding for Saint Paul’s priority projects, as well as $70 million for the Local Bridge Program.

“The Governor’s proposed investments are crucial to the work we are doing to ensure a strong and vibrant capital city for residents and visitors alike.

“Today’s proposal of $70 million toward the Local Bridge Program is welcome recognition that bridges across the state are in desperate need of replacement or repair. Here in Saint Paul, the rebuilding of the Kellogg Avenue/3rd Street Bridge is critical to the continued economic success of the downtown area and the city’s East side, and we know communities across Minnesota have similar needs.

“The $15.5 million investment in Como Zoo will help to ensure the Seal and Sea Lion Exhibit remains an asset for the two million young children and families who come from across the state each year to visit the zoo. The $3 million for the Great River Passage Environmental Learning Center and $3 million for the Wakan Tipi Center will also allow us to connect kids to one of the state’s greatest natural assets – the Mississippi River – providing more access and education than ever before.

“The Governor’s proposal will allow local communities across Minnesota to continue leading on all fronts, from job creation to economic development and transportation infrastructure. We are incredibly grateful for his support.”