SAINT PAUL, Minn. — Senator Grant Hauschild (DFL — Hermantown) said today that he was disappointed that Senate Republicans rejected a $1.5 billion bonding bill that would have funded job-creating public works and infrastructure projects across Minnesota. The bill failed to meet the supermajority of 41 votes necessary to pass, with DFL Senators voting yes and all Republican Senators voting no.
Today, Senate DFL Leader Susan Kent, Senate DFL Capital Investment Lead Sandy Pappas, Assistant DFL Leader Senator Jeff Hayden, and Assistant DFL Leader Senator Nick Frentz unveiled their 2020 jobs bill at a Capitol press conference. With less than two weeks left of session and no bonding hearings scheduled in the Senate, they expressed an urgency in getting a bonding bill passed.
On Wednesday, May 6, 2020, Senate DFL Leader Susan Kent and members of the Senate DFL caucus will host a virtual press conference to highlight the caucus’ bonding priorities.
The Minnesota Senate Capital Investment Committee held its first hearing on the 2020 bonding bill. With only two weeks left to negotiate a final package, Senator Jason Isaacson released the following statement.
In response to House Republicans’ Moorhead visit today to the critical rail grade crossing project, Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk (DFL-Cook) has released the following statement.
The final minutes of the 2016 Legislative Session ended just short of passing a bonding bill which would have created thousands of jobs. The greater White Bear Lake area had several critical projects at stake in the bill, including $1.78 million for a study of the water levels on White Bear Lake, funding for several projects at Century College as well as a request for a White Bear Lake Community Achievement Center. Sen. Chuck Wiger (DFL-Maplewood) released the following statement about how the session ended.