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Wednesday, February 23, 2005

House passes bonding bill

Yesterday, the House passed its bonding bill. The bill was smaller than the Senate's bill, which wasn't that unexpected, but it did pass 121-12, a huge majority.

Once again, House Republicans tried to remove funding for the Northstar commuter rail line. This year, however, with the changed makeup of the House, these efforts went nowhere fast. The bill still didn't provide the amount of funding necessary to secure full federal support, though.

It's a good start, but I think it was a little light, especially for higher education. The U of M didn't get nearly the amount it needs. When the bill comes out of conference committee, it should be better.


At 9:25 AM, February 24, 2005, Blogger cleversponge said...

Have you heard any word about whether or not the bonding bill will include dollars for several MN Dept. of Vet Affairs' projects to get federal matching dollars? I think it's listed as a VA State Home Grant Funding. All together, the state portion would be about $6.5 mil, while the federal match would be $12.2 mil.

The funds would be used for Adult day care in mpls, a clinical upgrade at silver bay, an alzheimer's special care unit in Luverne and Fergus Falls, and a few other things. I think Pawlenty was going to leave some of these out of his proposal. I know the hearings on this matter were this past week...if you know anything, please shoot me a line or post here. Thanks.

At 7:00 PM, February 24, 2005, Blogger MN Politics Guru said...

Here's the spreadsheet for the bonding bill. It looks like the Senate funded these projects but the House only set aside $5 million for asset preservation. This isn't the most recently updated spreadsheet, but I don't remember any amendments on the House floor that would have changed these numbers.


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