The Minnesota House has defeated an $800-million construction projects bonding bill after it failed to win a needed super-majority. The bill is a rare area where Republican held veto power. Because it involves long-term state debt, it required 81 votes to pass. It got 76 votes on Friday when three Republicans joined all Democrats in supporting. With time running short on the 2013 legislative session, there may not be another attempt to pass the bonding bill either. The state Capitol renovation project was the largest in the bill at $109-million. Those overseeing the building work say the money is needed this year to avoid costly delays. Local projects in the bill included improvements at the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter, the expansion of Mankato’s Civic Center, and flood mitigation construction in the City of Truman.
After the DFL’s $800-million bonding bill was defeated by 5 votes on Friday when it failed to get the needed 60% super majority, Cottonwood Republican Rod Hamilton accused Governor Dayton of playing politics with disaster relief for southwest Minnesota following the recent ice storm by using the bill as the only means of funding disaster assistance this year. It remains to be seen whether the disaster assistance will be included in another bill before the session ends Monday night.