Senate Aims For $1.8 Billion In Public Works Projects
ST. PAUL (AP) - Senate Democrats are setting a high mark for how much Minnesota's Legislature should approve in public construction projects.
Democrats' bonding bill released Monday contains more than $1.8 billion in projects, with a mix of borrowing and spending from other state funds. It aligns closely with Gov. Mark Dayton's wish list from earlier this year.
But they disagree both in scope and approach with the Republicans who control the House. House Republicans are shooting for a $600 million bill but haven't yet released a detailed list.
House Speaker Kurt Daudt says that won't come until after the Legislature figures out how it will spend a $900 million surplus. Lawmakers have just three weeks remaining to wrap up their work.