Legislature Approves Bonding Bill in 5th Special Session

Legislature Approves Bonding Bill in 5th Special Session

October 19, 2020 News -- KRJB-KRJM-KKCQ 0

By Mark Askelson markkrjb@loretel.net (10/19/20)

St. Paul, MN — It took five special sessions, but last week the Minnesota State Legislature was finally able to pass a bonding bill with bipartisan support. The bill, which totals over $1.9 billion, will be used to pay for hundreds infrastructure improvement projects around the state including roads and bridges, wastewater facilities, and higher education preservation. The bill needed a 3/5 majority to pass, and after two failed attempts earlier this year, it finally got the votes needed to move forward. District 4B Representative Paul Marquart says legislators were able to finally set aside their differences and come together with a compromise.

The bill will have an impact locally as well. Marquart says included in the bill is Flood Protection funding for Halstad and Hendrum, water and wastewater infrastructure funding for Mahnomen, and various road construction projects.

And with the state suffering from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, Representative Marquart says the nearly two billion dollar jobs bill will be a huge boost to the economy and put Minnesotans back to work.

The bonding bill was unanimously passed in the Senate as well. Also passed was a tax relief bill for small businesses and farmers.