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Senate bill has millions for 19 Minnesota health and education projects

The Omnibus Appropriations Act passed Sunday by the Senate includes 19 health and education projects that had been requested by the Minnesota delegation.

Reports say the 1,000-plus page bill:

brings together six of the 12 annual spending bills that Congress had been unable to pass separately because of partisan roadblocks even though the current budget year began Oct. 1.

The measure pays for Medicare and Medicaid benefits, and boosts spending for the Education Department, the State Department, the Department of Health and Human Services and others.

Minnesota project included, according to Sen. Al Franken’s office, are:

  •  Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, — $400,000 for facilities and equipment
  •  Summit Academy OIC, Minneapolis — $400,000 for a program focused on weatherization technician training and residential energy auditing
  •  Children’s Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota, St. Paul — $675,000 for facilities and equipment
  •  College of St. Catherine, St. Paul — $600,000 for health professions training
  •  Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota, St. Paul — $450,000 for facilities and equipment
  •  St. John’s Hospital, Maplewood — $675,000 for facilities and equipment
  •  Lake Superior College, Duluth — $200,000 for certificate and degree programs in aviation (which may include equipment and technology)
  •  College of St. Scholastica, Duluth — $350,000 for a rural health technology project
  •  Range Regional Health Services, Hibbing — $500,000 for facilities and equipment
  •  Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Coon Rapids — $800,000 for equipment and curriculum development in programs relating to the medical device manufacturing industry
  •  Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Minneapolis — $450,000 for facilities and equipment
  •  Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis, Minnetonka — $250,000 for its Family Caregiver Access Network Demonstration Project
  •  University of Minnesota, Crookston — $500,000 for its Center for Rural Entrepreneurial Studies, which may include equipment, technology and student support
  •  Allina Hospitals and Clinics, Minneapolis — $250,000 for a heart disease prevention program
  •  Hormel Institute, Austin, MN — $1,000,000 for facilities and equipment for biomedical research
  •  Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, Office of the Chancellor, St Paul — $300,000 for career and education services to veterans
  •  College of St. Scholastica, Duluth — $200,000 for an electronic health record system
  •  Hormel Institute, Austin — $1,000,000 for facilities and equipment related to bioscience
  •  Metropolitan State University, St Paul — $150,000 for expanding its nursing education program.

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