A 1.5-billion-dollar bonding bill for state public works projects is at least stalled or possibly dead at the Minnesota Legislature after Senate Republicans, demanding tax cuts first, refused to provide the supermajority of votes needed to pass it.
Rochester Republican Carla Nelson says her constituents, regardless of party…
…”They have consistently reached out to me. My e-mail has never been so full saying, ‘Please, please, get tax relief to us.”
Burnsville Democrat Lindsey Port says about 80 percent is from last year’s bonding bill which the legislature never passed:
“That’s projects in our communities across the state of Minnesota that have been waiting for us to do our job. This is our opportunity to finish last year’s work.”
Democrats are talking about using part of the budget surplus for state public works projects. They wouldn’t need Republican votes, but it would take money away from other programs Democrats want.