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.
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During an MPR interview in front a live audience, Dayton reiterated his support for middle class tax cuts, a big boost in transportation funding and universal prekindergarten during next year's legislative session, all priorities he was unable to achieve in the 2015 session.
State Auditor Rebecca Otto, reeling from a new law allowing counties to hire private audit firms to review their finances, said in a statement she has hired outside counsel "to help me assess the implications of this law and its impact on the core function of auditing."