$496 million bonding bill closer to vote

The House bill is undergoing some last-minute tweaking after it stalled Thursday night. The GOP borrowing proposal doesn't fund several projects Gov. Mark Dayton and DFLers wanted, including civic center renovations, St. Paul Saints Stadium or the Southwest light-rail line. MinnPost reports the Senate is expected to take up the measure after the House.
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The House bill is undergoing some last-minute tweaking after it stalled Thursday night. The GOP borrowing proposal doesn't fund several projects Gov. Mark Dayton and DFLers wanted, including civic center renovations, St. Paul Saints Stadium or the Southwest light-rail line. MinnPost reports the Senate is expected to take up the measure after the House.

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