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Gov. Dayton outlines $1.4 billion 2016 bonding bill

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KTTC) -

Minnesota's governor has unveiled a proposed $1.4 billion Jobs Bill for 2016, outlining his to-do list for public construction projects.

Gov. Mark Dayton outlined his proposed Bonding Bill in a news conference Friday morning, saying his plan will help the state economy and create 39,900 jobs. 

The bill outlines projects investing millions in water quality and infrastructure, rail and pipeline safety, higher education, bridge repairs, economic development, workforce support and housing, public safety, preservation projects, agriculture, flood mitigation and dam improvements, fish and wildlife, and veteran and military facilities.

"We had $3.7 billion in bonding requests, over 90 percent of them were good projects, ready to go," Gov. Dayton said. "At my proposal, we'd only be able to fund 37 percent of them." 

RELATED: See the complete list of projects included in Gov. Dayton's Jobs Bill

Among the projects Gov. Dayton sees as priorities in 2016, there are several in southeast Minnesota.

One of the local projects is the Rochester International Airport, where $5 million would go toward improvements to customs and border patrol to meet Department of Homeland Security requirements.

The governor would designate $1 million to the fish hatcheries in the state, with $250,000 of that funding going toward the Crystal Springs hatchery in Altura, where fish died from a disease in December.

Gov. Dayton would like more than $16 million to be allocated to the Education Village project at Winona State University, and $13.5 million for Rochester Community and Technical College to be used for Memorial and Plaza Halls projects.

He also allocates funding for port improvements in Winona and Red Wing, the Forestville Historic site in Preston, rail and pipeline safety training, and reimbursements to help landowners implement the buffer strip law passed last year.

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