Senate committee passes U bonding bill

by Andrew Pritchard

The Senate’s Capital Investment Committee passed a bill Monday to provide more than $48 million in bond funding for University projects. The omnibus bonding bill would restore state money former Gov. Jesse Ventura vetoed after the Legislature allocated it last session.

The University allotments include $24.7 million to build the Translational Research Facility, $8.6 million for the Morris campus social science building, $8 million to renovate Jones Hall, $3 million for an Institute of Technology teaching center design, $2.5 million for research and outreach centers and $1.5 million for the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.

The bill would also provide almost $70 million to Minnesota State Colleges and Universities schools and tens of millions of dollars to other state agencies and projects.

The bill now moves to the Senate Finance Committee.