Local Bonding Bill Exclusion 04 May 12

Money for civic center upgrades in Rochester, Saint Cloud and Mankato is not in the bonding bill that Republicans are now moving forward with. Mankato Senator Kathy Sheran refutes the claims that the Mankato Civic Center upgrade project is not “shovel ready.” She says it has been ready to go for several years, and that Republicans are attempting to distort the facts. Republicans and Democrats are also trying to work out differences over funding for U-of-M projects versus state colleges and universities in the bonding bill. The bill also includes $77-million for the first phase of State Capitol renovation. The bonding package requires a 60% majority vote in both the House and Senate in order to pass.