Some Rochester officials are lamenting the loss of federal funding for their projects, after Senate Republicans derailed a massive spending bill at the close of the congressional session.
The Rochester Post Bulletin notes that southeastern Minnesota projects in the bill, and now left unfunded, include:
- $900,000 for the National Child Protection Training Center at Winona State University.
- $800,000 for facilities and medical equipment for St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Wabasha.
- $700,000 for the Red Wing Regional Biosolids Processing Facility.
- $400,000 for a whistle-free railroad zone in Goodview and Minnesota City.
- $300,000 for the city of Goodview wastewater infrastructure improvements.
- $250,000 for expansion of U.S. 14 between Owatonna and Dodge Center.
- $100,000 for Bolder Options Rochester expansion.
Not everyone laments the losses.
Tom Steward of the Freedom Foundation of Minnesota, said the Minnesota’s delegation had requested $85 million in earmarks as part of the 2,000-page spending bill, and a new-found sense of fiscal restraint led to the bill being dropped.