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Southeast Minnesota projects lost when fed spending bill dropped

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.

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