An 825-million-dollar bonding bill for state public works projects didn’t have enough votes to pass the Minnesota Senate this afternoon, with all Democrats voting “no”. Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk says, “It’s just too small. There’s too many things not in it. It’s not that there’s bad stuff in it, it’s just that… [it’s] too small.” Bakk says they’ll work on a bill that will pass the Senate between now and Sunday.
Republican bonding point-man, Rochester Senator Dave Senjem says, “Maybe there’s some way to work with ’em in some small, slight fashion, but I don’t think in a pronounced way we’re gonna work with ’em. I mean, we’ve got money limitations.”
The deadline for the legislature and governor to agree on a bonding bill is midnight Sunday.