A Minnesota Senate panel begins reviewing Governor Mark Dayton’s bonding proposal for state public works projects today (10am), three weeks before the start of the 2016 legislative session. The governor has proposed the state borrow 1.4 billion dollars for a variety of projects across Minnesota, pointing to relatively low interest rates and a state budget that’s in good shape with a large surplus. Dayton’s bonding proposal is one of the largest in recent memory, and House Republicans say it’s too big because the historical figure is right around one billion dollars. Democrats are hinting at splitting the difference. The mix of projects will be as big a debate as the final number.