Not only was the massive, four-year, $310 million restoration of Minnesota's state Capitol building in St. Paul a gigantic dose of long-overdue love for a statewide treasure, it's "the biggest asset-preservation project in the history of the state of Minnesota," as Minnesota Department of Administration Commissioner Matt Massman said Tuesday in an interview with the News Tribune editorial board. As much as Minnesotans welcomed the makeover, we can welcome its completion with even more enthusiasm.
Don't believe everything you've heard about Stewart Mills – except that he's the clear choice for voters on Nov. 4 to send to Washington to represent northeastern Minnesota's sprawling 8th Congressional District. Don't believe he's a rich kid who never had to work a day in his life, as some have charged this election season. The truth is he scrubbed toilets and mopped floors for his family's Mills Fleet Farm stores. And today he's vice president in charge of administering a health plan for the chain's 6,000 employees and their families. A job of such importance requires plenty of hard work.
Would Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton really scrap nearly $1 billion of infrastructure and other projects of public benefit to Minnesotans across the state? It seems doubtful the governor would really go as far as vetoing the bonding bill, which is the main focus of legislative sessions held during even-numbered years like this one. But that’s precisely what Dayton threatened to do Monday over, of all things, a state law requiring sprinkler systems in new homes 4,500 square feet or larger. Lawmakers want to overturn the state requirement. Dayton wants it left on the books.