Audio: Pederson weighs in on bonding bill

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Jan 17, 2014 at 11:55 am

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) State Senator John Pederson of St. Cloud says the nearly one-billion dollar bonding proposal submitted by Governor Mark Dayton this week is too large, and includes what he says are some unnecessary projects.

Pederson says the governor's wish list includes money for a ski lodge at Giant's Ridge and a large water pipeline for Spirit Mountain. He says he prefers a bonding bill in the $500 to $600 million range, and one that doesn't put the taxpayer, "in the golf and ski business."

But Pederson is pleased to see the governor recommend funding for a pair of St. Cloud projects--a parking ramp at the River's Edge Convention Center and upgrades for the state prison. 

Pederson calls the River's Edge project, "long overdue," and he says it's "unfortunate its taken this long to get the project done."

He says the upgrades to the state prison are a "public safety issue," and the updates need to be done, "as soon as possible."

Pederson says Dayton bonding recommendation is too large, and puts taxpayers in the golf and ski business

Pederson is pleased to see Dayton's wish list include funding for St. Cloud projects

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