A large capital investment package is traditionally passed in the even-numbered year of a legislative biennium.
But with a last-minute failure to do so in May 2016, Gov. Mark Dayton is anxious to get shovels in the ground and put construction personnel to work.
The House Capital Investment Committee received a potential starting point for debate Tuesday by reviewing what the state’s top elected official seeks.
No action was taken on what has been introduced as HF892. Rep. Dean Urdahl (R-Grove City) is the House sponsor. Sen. Sandy Pappas (DFL-St. Paul) sponsors the companion, SF640. Both await action by the respective capital investment committees.
When unveiling his $1.5 billion bonding plan five weeks ago, Dayton said it is largely a catch-up for there being no bill last session.
A nearly $1.1 billion package — including $818 million of general-obligation bonding — was unveiled with about an hour to go on the session’s final night. Passed, as amended, 91-39 by the House in a chaotic final few minutes, the Senate then amended the bill to include funding for the proposed Southwest light rail line between Minneapolis and Eden Prairie. However, the House adjourned sine die before the amended bill was returned.
This year’s gubernatorial proposal includes:
Thirty-five percent of the projects are in Greater Minnesota, 35 percent have statewide impact and 30 percent are in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Dayton indicated the proposal would create nearly 23,000 jobs.
Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Myron Frans said the state’s debt capacity guidelines would allow for a proposal exceeding $3 billion; however, that is not the administration’s recommendation.
The Minnesota Supreme Court has ordered the Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton to use mediation to resolve a funding dispute. In an opinion issued Friday, the court also ruled that Dayton’s use of the line-item veto to strip biennial funding for the Legislature was constitutional.
A Ramsey County judge on Wednesday ruled that Gov. Mark Dayton’s line-item veto of legislative funding violated the state’s constitution.
House and Senate leadership OK a resolution to seek outside legal representation in an effort to restore funding for the Legislature that Gov. Mark Dayton line-item vetoed earlier this week.
Day three of the 2017 special session saw lawmakers pass final omnibus bills to be sent to Gov. Mark Dayton, with weary House members wrapping up their work at 2:42 a.m. Friday following a week of long days — and nights — at the State Capitol.
Lawmakers on conference committees must sort through competing bills before finalizing a product to send to the governor.
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