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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Senate bill has $10M for UMC Wellness Center

  • Dayton’s proposal does, too, but House version of bonding bill does not
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  •     The roller-coaster ride that is the effort to secure $10 million in state funding to go toward a Wellness Center on the University of Minnesota Crookston campus is on an upswing Monday, as $10 million for the project is included in the capital investment "bonding" bill released by the Minnesota Senate.   
        The bill includes $846 million in projects to be funded by general obligation bonds, and $200 million in projects to be leveraged by a one-time cash influx from the state's budget surplus. That amounts to a bill totaling $1.165 billion, the details of which were introduced by District 1 State Sen. LeRoy Stumpf (DFL-Plummer), who also is the chair of the Senate Capital Investment Committee.   
        The roller-coaster ride started out on a high when, back in January, Gov. Mark Dayton included $10 million for the Wellness Center in his initial bonding proposal. But a downward plunge followed when the Minnesota House's initial bonding bill, which came in more than $200 million less than the Senate's version, included only a hair over $1 million for the Wellness Center, which was a previous estimated cost to design the facility, not actually construct it.   
        The UMC Wellness Center is one of the U of M system's top capital investment priorities.   
        The project's estimated cost is $15 million, but UMC student fees will help fill the funding gap, and the U of M has indicated that other funding sources added to $10 million from the state will amount to $15 million.   
        Will the UMC Wellness Center be included in a compromise bill between the Minnesota House and Senate that Dayton will sign into law? That remains to be seen.   
        See the full Senate bonding proposal and get more details at Build.MN.
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