One person’s investment is another person’s traffic jam, which is at least the way Minneapolis is looking at it.
The Minnesota House has defeated an $800 million construction projects bill that failed to win a needed super-majority. The bill is a rare area where Republican held veto power. Because it involves long-term state debt, it required 81 votes to pass.
St. Paul has emerged as the big winner in a new way of handing out state bonding money, with $25 million set aside for a new stadium for the minor league Saints baseball team.
The Minnesota Senate’s top Republican says a financing plan for a new Vikings stadium won’t be part of a construction projects package.
Lawmakers sent Gov. Mark Dayton a bill on Thursday that would freeze state property taxes for Minnesota businesses, a top priority for Republicans who control the Legislature but a plan that’s likely to meet the Democratic governor’s veto.
The Minnesota Legislature has approved $498 million in state borrowing for construction projects including $131 million for the Minnesota Colleges and University system and another $88 million for University of Minnesota campuses.
Minnesota’s Department of Transportation has announced a nearly $400 million road repair project, which will occur over the next four years.
Winter is gone, and now Minnesota’s second season has arrived — construction. State transportation officials announced their list of road projects taking place around the state this year.