Bonding hearings scheduled

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The Senate Bonding Committee this week held its first meeting of session. While committee hearings are welcome news given that Governor Dayton released his proposal roughly 10 weeks ago, there is concern about the process of the bonding bill.

The concerns stem from a bonding bill being introduced or amended with very little time left in the legislative session. The result will be limited public participation and the possibility of controversial provisions being put in the bill, jeopardizing the bill’s viability. Including controversial provisions in the bonding bill puts at risk funding for projects across the state. In recent years such antics have scuttled a bonding bill and jeopardized the passage of another bill.