Dayton set to discuss bonding bill

The deadline to approve infrastructure projects is approaching

Sloane Martin
May 30, 2018 - 5:35 am

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Gov. Mark Dayton is expected to discuss the fate of the bonding bill this morning at the state capitol.

More than half of the $ 825 million bonding bill approved by the legislature is earmarked for road and bridge repair projects ($500 million), $210 million goes to U of M and Minnesota State campuses, and $32 is for the construction of three veterans’ homes in Bemidji, Montevideo and Preston. It also features $25 million for school safety grants to allow districts to upgrade school building security in an effort to protect children from mass shooters.

Dayton told reporters yesterday it took him two hours to even get his thoughts on paper in a letter about it.

The governor does have the option to line-item veto, meaning he can veto some projects while approving others. His own bonding bill proposed in January totaled $1.5 billion, including $167 million to modernize Minnesota’s clean water infrastructure.

Dayton must decide to sign the bill within two weeks of the end of the legislative session which means the deadline is Monday.