Thursday, May 15
(St.Paul, MN) -- Minnesota House and Senate negotiators have agreed on a bonding bill for state buildings and public works projects. Lawmakers heeded Governor Dayton's veto threat: a measure that would have said, fire sprinklers *not* required in new high-priced homes, that measure is *not* in the bill. Other high points: Rochester gets 35 million for its convention center upgrade; Saint Cloud gets 11 million and Mankato gets 14 million. 22 million dollars is included for the Lewis and Clark water project in southwest Minnesota. There's 126 million dollars to continue renovations of the State Capitol. And instead of borrowing through a bonding bill, lawmakers plan to spend 63 million dollars from the state's expected budget surplus for upgrades at the state Security Hospital and Sex Offender Treatment Program in Saint Peter. And 78 million dollars from the surplus would be used for road and bridge projects.