MN House Passes $1.9-Billion Package/Senate Passage in Doubt

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(FOX 9) – The Minnesota House overwhelmingly passed a $1.9 billion package of construction projects, tax breaks, and spending after a months-long stalemate, but comments from a top Senate Republican threw the bill’s future into doubt.

The bill passed the House 100-34, with 25 Republicans joining all Democrats voting yes. Because the bill increases state borrowing, it needed to clear a 60 percent threshold, and GOP members had withheld their votes for months as they unsuccessfully tried to get Gov. Tim Walz to give up his coronavirus emergency powers.

But as the House neared a vote, state Sen. Michelle Benson, a deputy GOP leader, cast doubt on whether the Senate would pass the bill when it gavels in at 11 a.m. Thursday.

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