Posted: January 29, 2003

Contact: Doug Anderson,, 651-201-1426

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees has authorized Chancellor James H. McCormick to ask the 2003 Legislature to approve bonding funds for needed repair, renovation and construction projects that were vetoed in the 2002 session.

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities capital budget request to the 2002 Legislature was for $268.4 million for 26 projects. The projects were submitted in priority order, based on criteria approved by the system's Board of Trustees. The 2002 Legislature approved all 26 capital projects on the system's priority list, but Gov. Jesse Ventura vetoed 17 projects.

It is unclear whether the Legislature will act on bonding projects this session. If there is an opportunity for the Legislature to consider bonding projects, the system is prepared to submit a capital budget request totaling $109.6 million.

The request would seek to restore funding for the 17 vetoed projects, plus an adjustment for inflation. The request also would seek to restore $45 million in funds for the board's top priority - repair and renewal of existing facilities.

Funding of this request will benefit every campus in the system. An investment in repairs and construction on campuses will pay the state dividends in three ways: preventing further deterioration of state-owned buildings, putting people to work and enhancing the campuses' ability to educate people for the workforce. Jobs will be created immediately in many of the 46 communities where campuses are located. Many of the projects are ready to be implemented immediately.

Bonding request summary

Board priority ranking:
Repair and replacement projects
$45.0 million
Systemwide land acquisition
13.5 million
Bemidji State University/ Northwest Technical College co-location design
1.0 million
Northwest Technical College, Moorhead, health and technology addition and remodel design
St. Cloud State University classroom renovations, phase 1
10.3 million
MSU, Mankato, athletic facility, phase 3
8.7 million
Southwest State University library remodel
9.5 million
Hennepin Technical College remodel
2.1 million
Mesabi Range Community & Technical College, Virginia, science lab, classroom, Learning Resource Center remodel
5.7 million
Lake Superior Community & Technical College academic addition design
MSC - Southeast Technical student services remodel
Dakota County Technical College information technology and telecommunications remodel design
St. Cloud Technical College classroom and lab addition, workforce center remodel design
Ridgewater Community & Technical College science lab remodel
3.0 million
South Central College teaching laboratories remodel design 300,000
Fergus Falls Community College student services addition design 760,000
Minnesota West Community & Technical College, Worthington, science lab and nursing remodel 6.5 million
Inver Hills Community College, student services addition design 500,000
Total request $109.6 million

For more detail on the individual projects, see Constructing Opportunity, the system's 2002 capital budget request publication.