Senate leaders Sandy Pappas, Leroy Stumpf, Tom Bakk and Dick Cohen huddle to work out the procedure bonding proposals should go through. Several senators have introduced measures for building projects. This year, Gov. Mark Dayton and DFL leaders have said they hope to pass a bonding bill, even though borrowing bills are usually reserved for even numbered years. Since bonding bills require a super majority vote to pass, Republicans would have to get on board for any such measure to pass.
Minnesota senators sharply questioned federal appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch during Wednesday's Supreme Court confirmation hearings, grilling him on whether he'd be protect the interests of ordinary people over corporations.
Other business groups like realtors, electric utility Xcel Energy Services, private colleges, tobacco giant Altria, Polymet Mining, health insurers and hospitals contributed to the overall total of $57.7 million to lobby the Legislature, the administration of Gov. Mark Dayton and Metro municipal governments.