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Follow the bonding bill action on new state Senate website

The Minnesota Senate Bonding Committee has launched a website to track the hundreds of building projects that have been proposed for this year's state bonding bill.

State officials said they hope the Build.MN site will engage more people in the capital bonding process.

Gov. Mark Dayton has suggested that the state could go as high as $975 million on public construction projects in the bill, but requests for projects costing more than $2.4 billion already have been submitted. So the new website will be useful in tracking the winnowing.

DFL state Sen. LeRoy Stumpf is chair of the Bonding Committee and said:

"We invite everyone to visit, check out a project and keep coming back. We all benefit when more people are engaged in the capital investment process."

Republican state Sen.David Senjem was quoted in the announcement, too:

"The bricks and mortar needs of Minnesota are many and varied. Senate Republicans look forward to working with Sen. Stumpf and our DFL colleagues in fashioning a bonding bill that not only works to address these needs but is able to garner broad bipartisan support. Sen. Stumpf has been wonderful to work with and I am optimistic in our ability to put together a good bill.”

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