ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota senators are moving to pay for renovations of the state Capitol using tax dollars rather than through state borrowing for public construction projects.
The Senate Taxes Committee added $203 million for the Capitol to the Senate’s tax bill Wednesday, which later passed out of committee.
The House included that funding in its bonding bill. So did Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton. The Senate has not yet introduced a bonding bill.
Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk says he’s not sure a bonding bill can pass the Legislature this session. Because a bonding bill needs approval by a three-fifths majority, it would need some Republican support.
Bakk says he wants to make sure the much-needed improvements to the Capitol “don’t get held hostage” by haggling over a bonding bill.
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