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Dayton signs $496M bonding bill

Gov. Mark Dayton signed a $496 million bonding bill Friday that will result in thousands of construction jobs in Minnesota and includes a long list of public works projects, the DFL governor said. Projects include college campus buildings, flood mitigation, roads and bridges and a $44 million start on the renovation of the State Capitol building.

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.

Senators pass $566 million bonding bill

The borrowing plan, approved by a 45-22 vote Monday night, would use $496 million for public works projects, higher education and state Capitol renovations. It also calls to spend an additional $50 million on unnamed Department of Employment and Economic Development projects. House lawmakers approved a similar measure early Monday afternoon. They can either accept the Senate version or the differences will be negotiated in a conference committee.

House passes nearly $500 million worth of construction projects

Before taking up the stadium bill, the Minnesota House authorized half a billion dollars for state-funded construction projects. It includes money for repairs at the University of Minnesota and at state colleges and universities; roads, bridges, and transit; and a downpayment on renovations of the state Capitol building. A minor league ballpark for the St. Paul Saints is among the projects that did not make it into the bill.

Rochester wants civic center funding back in bonding bill

Rochester Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Brad Jones said without bonding money to remodel the Mayo Civic Center, his city will lose convention business. There's no indication money for the Rochester project will be put back into the bonding bill, MPR says.

Four major pieces of legislation still uncertain at the State Capitol

Right now, the Vikings stadium bill is dominating the attention in St. Paul. However, lawmakers are also hoping to pass a public works bonding bill, a tax bill and legislation to change teacher tenure rules. Republicans want to wrap up the session by Monday, but they're not required to adjourn until May 21.

House panel gives state Capitol restoration plan new life

The House Ways and Means Committee has sent a $434 million borrowing bill to the House floor. It includes an amendment to spend more than $220 million to restore the state Capitol building. A separate restoration proposal failed by a single vote Thursday.