St. Paul, Minn.—Senate DFL Caucus Leader Tom Bakk (DFL-Cook) has released the following statement in response to the House Republicans’ refusal to pass the bonding bill without a problematic provision in it.
This evening Sen. Bakk told Speaker Daudt that DFL Senators will not vote for the bonding bill if the language removing the requirement of paving of a trail in Bloomington is in the bill. This trail is adjacent to land of a number of wealthy Minnesotans.
“I am extremely disappointed that Speaker Daudt will not remove problematic language from the bonding bill. I told him tonight that the provision had to come out of the bonding bill in order to earn enough DFL votes to pass the Senate. His refusal to remove it will result in yet another bonding bill failing thanks to Republicans,” Bakk said.
The language is found on page 61.12-61.15 of the bonding bill. Link here, screen shot attached.