BY PRESIDENT REINERT:
The city council finds as follows:
(a) The city administration and council wish to establish a clear set of priorities with respect to legislative initiatives which the city supports in the 2008 legislative session; and
(b) The city administration and council have devoted meeting time and discussion to the city legislative priorities; and
(c) The city administration and council choose to express support for legislative initiatives which are of vital interest to the community; and
(d) The city administration and council have established priorities among the legislative issues designating two projects as highest priority, designating six items city priorities and designating five items as initiatives which are to receive city support.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the city staff and elected officials will take the lead role in advancing the following highest priority legislative concerns for the 2008 legislative session:
(a) The city requests an allocation of state bond proceeds in the amount of $12,750,000 for the construction of wastewater containment facilities in order to ensure that the city remains in compliance with federal environmental protection agency requirements with respect to non-discharge of wastewater into Lake Superior; and
(b) The city requests an allocation of state bond proceeds in the amount of $40,283,000 for improvements to the Duluth entertainment convention center including construction of a new arena facility. The city also seeks enactment of a .75% food and beverage tax increase with revenues committed to making principal and interest payments on city bonds issued to provide local matching funds for construction of the improvements to the Duluth entertainment convention center.
FURTHER RESOLVED, that the city designate the following legislative initiatives as city priorities for the 2008 legislative session:
(a) Support for the restoration of funding for police and fire amortization aid; and
(b) Support increased funding for the local government aid formula; and
(c) Support state funding requests to plan for the restoration of passenger rail service between Duluth and the Twin Cities; and
(d) Support for the $2,180,000 allocation of state bond proceeds for maintenance and capital improvement to attain a.z.a. accreditation at the Lake Superior zoo; and
(e) Support for the $5,725,000 allocation of state bond proceeds for the first phase of development of new terminal facilities at the Duluth international airport; and
(f) Support legislation to correct the legal description of the boundaries of the tracts of land administered by the Spirit Mountain recreation area authority.
FURTHER RESOLVED, that the city staff and elected officials expressed city support for the following legislative proposals during the 2008 session:
(a) The allocation of state bond proceeds for the port development assistance program; and
(b) The allocation of state bond proceeds for the redevelopment grant program; and
(c) The allocation of state bond proceeds for the business development infrastructure fund; and
(d) A general fund appropriation for Minnesota investment fund; and
(e) A general fund appropriation for the main street Minnesota revitalization program.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: This resolution sets legislative priorities for the year 2008.