ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota House defeated $47 million in state bonding for projects to control flooding in the Red River Valley and other parts of the state.

The House voted 76-57 early Saturday for borrowing for flood control projects, but bonding bills require a supermajority of 81 votes to pass

The biggest chunks of money would have been allocated to the cities of Moorhead, Roseau and the small community of Georgetown, which is north of Moorhead.

Several House Democrats complained that majority Republicans were unwilling to approve more bonding for other construction projects. Gov. Mark Dayton had proposed $1 billion in bonding projects he touted as a job creation bill, but Republicans showed little interest.

Most of the chamber’s Democrats voted against the bill along with a handful of Republicans.

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Comments (3)
  1. Swamp Fox says:

    Here was a chance for the House and Legislature to do something good and necessary for this state. They blew it. When the next major flooding event occurs to that area don’t complain to me about why it costs so much for damage control!!! Here was a chance to do good and help Minnesota with some jobs and preventive disaster planning. You blew it!

  2. kim says:

    This would be so much cheaper than fixing the damage that will come from the next flood. And people are going to complain why did they do something to try to prevent so much damage. Because we don’t want to will have to be the answer.

  3. Swamp Fox says:

    I guess the GOP in the Legislature is too busy stalling and wasting time with many slicing-&-dicing or slash-&-burn projects(?); besides, worrying about social engineering amendments to the state constitution to worry about balancing the state budget! I haven’t seen any new jobs either!!!

    Too bad we can’t recall the GOP folks who said “times were a changing.” Well, capitol watchers–“Times are going to change for the worse!” Whatever happened to compromise?

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