As Gov. Dayton and House Speaker Daudt continued to negotiate the final details of the special session, Sen. LeRoy Stumpf (DFL-Plummer) and Rep. Paul Torkelson (R-Hanska) unveiled a small bonding bill Thursday that will be introduced during the as-yet-unscheduled special session. The bonding bill includes approximately $180 million in general obligation bonds, $29 million in appropriations bonds and another $140 million in trunk highway bonds.
The short list of projects includes $1 million for the Greater Minnesota Business Development Public Infrastructure (BDPI) grant program, the University of Minnesota’s poultry testing lab in Willmar, several Minnesota State Colleges and Universities projects and additional money for the State Capitol restoration. In the transportation section, general obligation bonds will pay for a number of items including $6.85 million for the Local Bridge Program, $4.29 million for local roads, and $3.77 million for the Willmar railroad grade crossing. A portion of the trunk highway funds will be used to pay for the Highway 53 bridge project in Virginia. In addition, the Lewis and Clark water project will receive $19 million in appropriations bonds under the bill.