The Minnesota House is expected to vote on a modestly-sized bonding bill late Monday, that includes funding for cost overruns in the Capitol's, flood hazard mitigation and renovations at a University of Minnesota poultry testing lab in Willmar.
The measure would provide nearly $31 million for the Capitol's renovation, primarily for cost overruns and enhanced security. The bill would also provide $10 million for flood hazard mitigation in Otter Tail County, $8.5 million for the expansion and renovation of the U's poultry testing lab in Willmar. It also provides $16 million to the Public Facilities Authority for wastewater infrastructure.
It's possible a bonding bill may not pass ahead of the midnight deadline for the legislative session. House Republicans want a $100 million bonding bill, while the Senate DFL wants a larger bill, closer to $250 million. With less than three hours left until the deadline Monday, the bill's fate is unclear.
Gov. Mark Dayton earlier this legislative session proposed an expansive $842-million bonding bill, which legislators were reluctant to support.