MN House Rejects $800M Bonding Bill

By KBJR News 1

May 17, 2013 Updated May 17, 2013 at 5:39 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The Minnesota House rejected an $800 million capital investments bill Friday in a 76 to 56 vote.

The bill, which included funding for a number of construction projects across the state, needed a super majority to pass. It required 81 votes with support from Republicans.

The measure included funding improvements for the NorShor Theatre and Wade Stadium in Duluth along with the Range Regional Airport in Hibbing.

“It is an enormous disappointment that the bonding bill failed to pass off the House floor," said Rep. Alice Hausman (DFL-St. Paul). "Citizens from across the state provided input and testimony on this bill, making the case for funding to improve safety and enhance their communities through economic development projects.

Not everyone is surprised by the defeat as this is generally a non-bonding year for the Minnesota Legislature.

Despite that understanding talks on the floor got quite heated at times between lawmakers.

"Everyone has to help pass this. We have to work together. So if you have an interest in one part of the bill, it won't happen unless the bill passes," Rep. Hausman said on the floor.

If we are being held hostage to vote for a bill for political reasons that will be the most disgusting thing that I've ever been exposed to since I have been up here in nine years," said Rep. Rod Hamilton (R-Mountain Lake).

Rep. Hausman noted passing a bonding bill now would help take advantage of historically low interest rates.

With less than four days left before the legislature adjourns for the summer, there likely won't be a chance to bring the bill to the floor again.

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