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Members of the Senate Capital Investment Committee Tour Across Minnesota

February 12, 2018 07:18 PM

(ABC 6 NEWS)-- The start of the Minnesota legislative session begins Feb. 20, members of the Senate Capital Investment Committee is traveling across the state this week. 

Senator Carla Nelson of Rochester and other members of the committee will be visiting Southeast Minnesota this week.

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Monday's stops included Preston and Spring Valley to look at sites for a proposed 72-bed veteran’s home.

The $30 million project would be the first veteran’s home in Southeast Minnesota.

“Well, it’s critical because you do not survive in the legislative session if the bonding committee has not come down and done its due diligence, looked at the projects and spoken to the stakeholders," said Senator Nelson.

Lawmakers also toured Rochester Community and Technical College which has been requesting state funding for a decade.

Shayn Jennson, Facility project manager at RCTC said the school is requesting $15.3 million to renovate outdated classrooms and build offices for teachers.

"We’ll create some student space where they have an actual soft flexible space where they can meet with faculty and interact with faculty in a much more pleasant manner than they have," Jennson said. "This addresses some safety and concerns with student access to faculty so that’s the primary focus, the student experience."

On Tuesday, Feb. 12 the Minnesota Senate Capital Investment Committee will be back in the area looking at several projects including Chester Woods trail, redeveloping Graham Park in Rochester, and a wastewater facility in Oronoco.

"I think it’s looking good but we have to be realistic and know that there are 3 times as many requests as our budget will allow, and so it will require prioritization and living within that budget amount," said Senator Nelson.


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