2014 state bonding requests at $2.8 billion alreadyPublished 4:29am Tuesday, July 16, 2013
ST. PAUL — Ramsey County has asked the state of Minnesota for a $15.6 million down payment for new roads around the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant in Arden Hills.
St. Paul wants about $29 million for museum, zoo and theater improvements.
Dakota and Washington counties have requested millions for transit and trail expansions.
Those are among the $2.8 billion in public works funding requests that state agencies and local governments have submitted to Gov. Mark Dayton and the 2014 Legislature, the Department of Management and Budget reported Monday.
State agencies have requested $2.1 billion for college classrooms, light-rail transit lines, roads, bridges and other projects.
Cities, counties and other local governments seek $682 million for convention centers, museums, sports facilities and sewer and water systems, among other projects.
The wish lists don’t appear to be unusually large. Rep. Alice Hausman, DFL-St. Paul, who chairs the House Capital Investment Committee, has said lawmakers typically receive about $4 billion in requests and fund about $1 billion in each two-year budget cycle.
Dayton said last month that he expects to propose a bonding bill of about $1 billion early next year.
Last winter, he asked to borrow $812 million for construction projects, but House Republicans balked, and lawmakers instead passed a pared-down, $156 million bonding bill that included $109 million to continue restoring the crumbling state Capitol.
Republican leaders expect broad support for more construction work in 2014 because it will be a traditional “bonding year,” when the state borrows money through the sale of general obligation bonds to investors to finance construction projects.
The Capitol again will be the big-ticket item on the table. Dayton’s administration is requesting the final $126 million needed to complete the three-year, $272 million effort to upgrade the iconic 108-year-old building.
Before the project is completed, the administration is seeking $7 million to start a $97 million makeover of the State Office Building across the street from the Capitol. The project would accommodate the 134 members of the House.
Most senators, meanwhile, will be housed in a new $89.5 million office building to be constructed on the north side of the Capitol.
Among local requests, Ramsey County is seeking the first installment on the $35 million it says it needs in state aid for new highway interchanges and roads to develop the 427-acre site of the former ammunition plant in Arden Hills. The county bought the land, the state’s largest Superfund site, for $28 million in April.
St. Paul asked for $14 million to expand the Minnesota Children’s Museum, $8.9 million for parking and access improvements at the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, and $6 million to restore the historic Palace Theater.
Dakota County applied for $6 million to build a direct bus rapid transit access from Cedar Avenue to the Cedar Grove Station in Eagan and an additional $1.4 million to design the proposed Robert Street Transitway from St. Paul through West St. Paul.
The county also requested $4 million for trail improvements.
Washington County requested $5 million for work on the proposed Gateway Corridor transitway along Interstate 94 between the St. Croix River and St. Paul and $1 million for engineering and environmental work the Red Rock Corridor parallel to U.S. 61.
Two west metro light-rail projects are in the mix, too.
The Metropolitan Council, the Twin Cities regional planning commission, requested $81 million to build the Southwest Corridor line between Minneapolis and Eden Prairie, and the Hennepin County rail authority is seeking $18 million to design the Bottineau line between Minneapolis and its northwest suburbs.
As usual, the largest state agency requests came from the University of Minnesota ($233 million) and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system ($286 million).
Some funding requests:
— Cottage Grove and Woodbury want the state to pay half the cost of a $10 million public safety training center for their police, fire and emergency service departments.
— Minneapolis asked for $25 million to fix up the Nicollet Mall.
— The Olmsted County rail authority is seeking $15 million to design a high-speed passenger rail line between Rochester and the Twin Cities.
— Three outstate cities are renewing long-standing requests for funds to expand their convention centers: Rochester wants $37 million, Mankato $14.5 million and St. Cloud $11.6 million.
— Duluth applied for $5.7 million to renovate Wade Stadium, the city’s ballpark, and $5 million to restore its historic NorShor Theatre.