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Rep. Anderson fails to support local bonding project

Rep. Anderson fails to support local bonding project

As we near the end of the legislative session, key bills are still being discussed that will have a great impact on communities across Minnesota.

Perhaps the most important among these is the bonding bill that provides funding to improve schools, repair roads and bridges, and preserve community assets. This bill is unique in that it requires a super majority of votes to pass into law. For the House, that means several Republicans need to support the final bill for it to pass.

Last year, the leaders in both chambers made a bipartisan agreement on a $850 million bonding bill for this year. Unfortunately, even after this agreement has been in place for more than a year, Rep. Mark Anderson hasn’t lifted a finger to advocate for his local projects. He claims to be in favor of the Central Lakes College (CLC) renovations in Staples, yet refuses to offer his support for the bonding bill or for this project’s inclusion. To this day, I have not been contacted once by Rep. Anderson.

Instead, other area representatives are taking the reins. Both Rep. Joe Radinovich and Rep. John Ward have worked tirelessly to get this project into the final bonding bill. They recognize the regional importance of the Staples campus for central Minnesota.

With nearly $3 billion in requests for the bonding bill, many local projects don’t end up getting funded. The projects that do get funded had advocates fighting hard to make sure they were at the top of the list. Unfortunately, Rep. Mark Anderson couldn’t even be bothered to support a local project that would be funded through a bill agreed to by both parties.

Rep. Alice Hausman, DFL-St. Paul

Chair of the House Capital Investment Committee

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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