Public works spending bill heads to Dayton's desk

House lawmakers agreed to the changes made in the Senate Monday night and sent the measure to Gov. Mark Dayton. The borrowing proposal includes money for colleges and universities, infrastructure projects, flood prevention and renovations to the Capitol building.
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House lawmakers agreed to the changes made in the Senate Monday night and sent the measure to Gov. Mark Dayton. The borrowing proposal includes money for colleges and universities, infrastructure projects, flood prevention and renovations to the Capitol building.

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