Bonding bill passes Senate
A bill passed on the floor this week makes corrections to last year’s bonding bill. Additionally, the bill converts bonds funded by the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund to general obligation bonds. Several conservation groups and some legislators opposed using the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund to issue bonds. Following last year’s bill being enacted into law, conservation groups filed a lawsuit against the State of Minnesota, claiming bonding from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund is illegal. By making these corrections and funding the projects through general obligation bonds, stalled projects should now be able to move forward.
The single project that did receive additional money was for a closed waste disposal engineering landfill in Andover. The project topped the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s list for hazardous waste landfill cleanup. Due to the time-sensitive nature of the project, it was important that the project be included in the bill. (HF 80)