Bonding bill remains priority at the Minnesota Legislature

By KBJR News 1

Bonding bill remains priority at the Minnesota Legislature

April 23, 2014 Updated Apr 23, 2014 at 3:27 PM CST

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) -Minnesota lawmakers have less than a month to wrap up unfinished business before the end of the 2014 legislative session.

One of their biggest priorities is approving a bonding bill containing money for construction projects across the state.

The Governor has proposed a $986 million bonding bill
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The House is suggesting a $975 million dollar bonding bill, paying for some of it with cash from the state surplus.

The Senate has yet to offer its plan, but leaders said Wednesday they'll have a proposal in the coming days.

In the meantime DFL House Leaders are working to hash out their proposal with Republicans.

"There is a lot of interest from Republicans across the state, southwest Minnesota being a prime example, of new projects Republicans want. If we want to include all those projects we clearly need a bill that's bigger than $850 million dollar," said Rep. Paul Thissen (DFL-House Speaker).

Democrats need Republican votes because bonding bills require a three-fifths majority.

Written by Kevin Jacobsen
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