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Minn. Senators support bonding to fix nation's infrastructure

Minnesota's two U.S. senators and one from South Dakota are among those who want to borrow $50 billion to improve the country's transportation infrastructure.

Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; Norm Coleman, R-Minn; and John Thune, R-S.D., say their "Build America Bonds" plan is a one-time federal borrowing program that could create 2.5 million construction jobs and save lives.

"The Build America Bonds Act is about generating economic growth, improving transportation infrastructure and, ultimately, saving lives through enhanced transportation safety without a tax increase," Thune said.

Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.