Governor Tim Walz has released final details of his bonding request for state public works projects, arguing the state is in sound fiscal shape to leverage surplus dollars for much-needed and long-deferred investments. “This is the most local projects that have ever been submitted by a governor’s proposal,” Walz says. “We need to start tackling this backlog to include local roads and bridges.”
House Republican Minority Leader Kurt Daudt says local roads and bridges, railroad projects and water infrastructure will get broad support, but “outside of that, if they’re kind of the things that we would consider not regionally important — they’re just for one little community — we don’t really, frankly, want to have those sorts of things in a bonding bill.”
Democrats need Republican support in both the Minnesota House and the Senate to pass a bonding bill this year.