A Minnesota Senate committee Tuesday begins its every-other-year state tour of proposed public works projects.
The Senate Capitol Investment Committee, chaired by Sen. Keith Langseth of Glyndon, heads to places such as Hastings, Red Wing, Rochester, Austin, Albert Lea and Faribault for a three-day tour.
Three other tours will take in other parts of the state this fall.
Langseth said he expects about $3 billion in requests to fund public works projects by the time the next legislative session begins Feb. 4.
Earlier this year, the Legislature approved nearly $300 million in public works project funding, but a couple of recent sessions appropriated nearly $1 billion.
The money to fund the projects is borrowed and repaid over a series of years.