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Legislators approve nearly $500M in public works projects across state

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ST. PAUL -- It's Christmas in July for Minnesota colleges and other state-owned facilities.

Minnesota legislators early Wednesday approved $498 million worth of public works projects such as college building renovations, flood-fighting projects and developing the state's newest park.

"It is about 75 percent shovel ready," Rep. Larry Howes, R-Walker, said. "It will put a lot of Minnesotans to work."

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