Greater MN Cities Group Says Large 2020 Bonding Bill is Necessary

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(Learfield News Service)  The Coalition of Greater Minnesota cities says its members tell them the success of the next legislative session hinges on lawmakers passing a large bonding bill for public works projects.

Spokesman Bradley Peterson says, “In order to meet the state’s needs, the legislature needs to do a bonding bill of at least 1.5 billion dollars…. We think 1.5 billion dollars, or a little bit more, is something that the state can certainly afford.”

Negotiations will not be easy: Senate Republicans indicate their bonding number will be around 700 million dollars while House Democrats plan a whopping 3.5 billion dollars, possibly the largest bonding proposal ever. It’s also the biggest gulf in recent memory between Democrats and Republicans on a bonding package.

Peterson indicates a smaller bill could have political consequences, particularly for rural lawmakers “bringing home the bacon” to their districts. “Certainly it could have implications for the election,” he says. “If it’s a wimpy bonding bill it means the legislature’s not necessarily doing its job to its fullest capacity.”

The 2020 Minnesota Legislature convenes February 11th.

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