MN House Bonding Bill Strategy 02 Apr 14

The Minnesota House has unveiled two bills for capital improvements statewide. One is for $850-million in bonding and the other would spend $125-million in cash from the budget surplus. The bills include funding for the Minnesota State Security Hospital in St. Peter, which Capital Investment Committee Chair Alice Hausman says is not just a local bonding issue, but one of statewide concern. Security concerns at the state hospital have been problematic for several years, but they came to the forefront in January after one inmate killed another at the St. Peter facility. The bills also include funding for the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs, and money for improvements at the Mankato Civic Center and Minnesota State Mankato. The $850-million bonding bill will require a three-fifths majority to pass, but the $125-million in spending from the surplus needs just a simple majority.