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Minnesota Gov. Dayton's financing proposal includes light-rail funds

On Tuesday, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton unveiled his bonding proposal for the 2012 legislative session that includes spending on infrastructure improvement projects such as the Southwest Light Rail Transit (LRT) line in the Twin Cities.

The proposal would build on the state’s jobs plan by investing in long-term infrastructure improvement projects that would put Minnesotans back to work, the governor said in a prepared statement.

“My bonding proposal makes reasonable, focused investments on projects that are ready for immediate action,” he said.

The proposal includes $25 million for the Southwest Corridor LRT line, which would connect to the Hiawatha, Central and Northstar rail lines, as well as bus routes in downtown Minneapolis, and provide access to the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport, Mall of America, the State Capitol in St. Paul and downtown St. Paul.

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