Bonding bill winners: universities; losers: St. Paul, Mankato, Rochester, St. Cloud

The big winners in the $500 million bonding bill are universities across the state.

The losers? St. Paul, Mankato, Rochester and St. Cloud.

Start with the winners:

The University of Minnesota is to receive $55 million for the nano-technology building the school long has been promoting as a “must have.’’

The University isn’t the only winner in this deal. The trades and construction workers are eager to start building, and this project is expected to need a large workforce.

Normandale also will get a new building, and a new science building will be constructed at St. Cloud State University.

But if St. Cloud won on the science building, it lost again on receiving bonding funding for expansion of its civic center, as did Rochester and Mankato. Meantime, St. Paul’s Saints will have to continue to play at Midway Stadium. The Saints got cut from the bonding package.

Rep. Alice Hausman, DFL-St. Paul, had overall praise for the Republican bill. But she did find an irony.

The projects in St. Paul, Mankato, Rochester and St. Cloud all had strong backing of the various business organizations — as well as the DFL.

It was the business-oriented Republicans who said “no.’’ Instead, much of the money that would have been directed to those projects will be directed to repair of government buildings, Hausman said.

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