Both Winona State University and Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical fared well in the 2014 bonding bill proposal released Wednesday by Governor Mark Dayton....the City of Winona did not.
The $986,000,000 capital investment proposal contains $5,900,000 for Winona State's proposed Education Village. The money is earmarfked for Phase One of the $22,000,000 project that involves renovating three buildings on Lafayette Street into space that integrates specialty labs and classrooms for the university's education program.
Southeast Tech would get $1,700,000 to renovate medical lab and welding space on the Winona campus along with carpentry classroom space on the Red Wing campus.
The City of Winona's request for $4,200,000 to help pay for an $8,400,000 extension of Louisa Street was not included in the Governor's proposal. Last week the city council approved selling capital bonds for the remaining $4,200,000, contingent on getting the state funding.
All is not lost for Winona because both the House and Senate must approve their own bonding bills before a final bill is fashioned.
House Capital Investment Committee Chair Alice Hausman called it a balanced proposal for all parts of the state.......
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The proposal also contains 37-million dollars for the expansion of the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester and 14-point-5 million for the Mankato Civic Center.