The 2018 legislative session begins in under a week, and Democrats and Republicans as usual disagree on the dollar amount for a bonding bill for state public works projects. Governor Mark Dayton proposes 1.5 billion dollars, which he calls “a very responsible bill and… frankly inadequate for the scope of the needs.” Republican House Speaker Kurt Daudt is talking about half that — 800 million dollars. He says, “We’re open to discussions on less than that, or potentially more than that if the projects are right.”
Republicans need Democrats’ help to get enough votes to pass a bonding bill, so it’s likely the two sides will move closer together as the session progresses.
Leaders’ comments on the bonding bill during Tuesday’s pre-session briefing, in this order: Governor Mark Dayton (D), House Speaker Kurt Daudt (R), House Minority Leader Melissa Hortman (D), Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka (R), Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk (D):