Bonding Bill To Send Thousands Back To Work

By KBJR News 1

July 22, 2011 Updated Jul 22, 2011 at 5:04 PM CST

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -Union members thanked the Governor today during the 65th annual Convention of the Minnesota State and Building Construction Trades Council.

Applause and cheers greeted Governor Dayton who says while no one got exactly what they wanted, the compromise that ended the government shut down was in the best interest of Minnesotans.

"It's a sobering responsibility when there is that kind of on slot and you want to get everything and yet as you don't want any of the bad stuff to happen," said Gov. Dayton.

After the longest government shutdown in state history, Governor Dayton and Republican leaders came to a compromise Wednesday during a special session.

"The good news was the shut down was ending, the bad news was how it was resolved. The can was kicked down the road to future generations to pay for the problem," said Sen. Dave Tomassoni.

One of the points held firm by the governor was a five hundred million dollar bonding bill, which union members feel will help them get back to work.

"That will put a lot of people back to work and with shut down the road construction stopped so a lot of members from all the different trades were laid off so it will be putting some of our members back to work right away," said Rick Cannata; mayor of Hibbing and a member of the Minnesota Laborers Union.

As for what's in store for the rest of the year, Governor Dayton says he hopes the best interest of Minnesotans is on the minds of legislatures.

"Being an election year session we will have to see how much of the political and social issues, ones that we took off the table for this year, re-appear next year," said Gov. Dayton.

Governor Dayton says some of the other benefits made through the compromise include a reduction in tuition hikes in the University of Minnesota system, and will help grant more money to special needs children as well.