Minnesota Senate Democrats got one Republican vote from Rochester Senator Carla Nelson, but *not* the other vote they needed to pass a 1.5-billion-dollar bonding bill this afternoon (Thurs). It came after Republicans proposed a one-billion-dollar package instead. “This is a great compromise. This is the Republicans stepping up — not stepping in front of, but stepping up — and compromising and getting it done.”
Plummer Democrat Leroy Stumpf argued Minnesota has grown since the days of billion-dollar bonding bills. “It doesn’t take much creative thinking that, if you add two million people to the state, that services are gonna be needed in a little higher level.”
Republicans predict Democrats’ bill will not move forward at the legislature.