3/2017 update: Response from Legislators was not good:
Was heard in Capital investment committee in late January with no changes except adding more spending to some much needed road projects. Bill authors refuse to respond.
2.) Pork for colleges that are not lowering tuition ($189.1 million total):
$27 million for yet ANOTHER building at UMD (Materials Science Building)
$4.4 million for a "Plant Growth" research building.
$25.3 million for Winona State "education village".
$18.5 million for St. Cloud State "Student Health" building renovation
3.) Red Lake school district with 3 to 5% reading proficiency according to schooldigger.com... you want to hand them a check for $14 million dollars to build a new school building?!!! If I was a Native American I'd be insulted that legislators think they can throw money at a problem that is directly related to an unaccountable school system... not the lack of a multimillion dollar fancy school.
4.) $1.5 million so Olmsted County can buy land for a "Dyslexia Institute of MN"
5.) $9.3 million so Polk County can add a garbage incinerator to handle burning garbage more info about these things here in Washington County and their harm to the environment and waste of tax dollars:
Washington/Ramsey County $170 million dollar Garbage Processing Plant, 6 Months In; Failing? Counties Refuse to Answer.
6.) $4 million for a "Minnesota Zoological Garden" at the MN Zoo
7.) $10.8 million for the Centennial Parking Ramp
8.) $1.9 million for a "Pioneer Public Television" station in the middle of nowhere Granite Falls?! (That's a State responsibility?!)
9.) ONLY $2.5 million for military support
10.) $1.1 million for Hugo's railway... a railway that is so short and useless it's just a cute addition to Hugo and White Bear!
11.) A $750,000 pedestrian bridge in the middle of nowhere Grand Rapids... if a precedent to fund every small town 3/4 of a million dollar pedestrian bridge was made the state would be bankrupt.
12.) $11.1 million to be given to for profit airports? Now $8.4 million as of March 8th
13.) $12.1 million to the unelected met council for the Orange Line
and $8.75 million to the unelected met council for the MOA transit station.
What part of not building anymore lines is hard to comprehend?
16.) ONLY $5,000 for Veteran "asset Preservation"
17.) $4.5 million for a dentist facility in Bemidji
19.) $5 million for a "center for the arts" in Hennepin County
20.) $8 million for a "Arrowhead Wellness Center" in Hermantown
24.) $13 million for st. paul Science museum
25.) $6 million for St. Paul Port Authority museum of American Art
26.) St. Paul - Dorothy Day Opportunity Center for homeless people $12,000,000 (they're tearing down the old center that is perfectly useful)