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An $800 million omnibus capital investment bill failed to garner the necessary number of votes in the House for passage.
(Published May 19, 2013)
Sponsored by Rep. Alice Hausman (DFL-St. Paul), a delete-all amendment to HF 270 and another amendment to the bill called for $887.3 million in appropriations, of which $800 million would be from general-obligation bonds. The bill failed to garner the necessary number of votes to pass off the House floor.
Although the bill received 76 “yes” votes and 56 “no” votes, bonding bills must win support from at least three-fifths of House (81) and Senate (41) members to pass. That meant eight House Republicans needed to support the bill. Just three did: Rep. Chris Swedzinski (R-Ghent), Rep. Tama Theis (R-St. Cloud) and Rep. Mark Uglem (R-Champlin).
The initial House plan sought $858.38 million in appropriations ($800 million general-obligation bonds), and a plan unveiled in April by Gov. Mark Dayton proposed spending $750 million, of which $675 million would be from general-obligation bonding. The bill’s largest investment would be $109 million to continue restoration of the State Capitol. Another $94 million is expected to be needed in the 2014 bonding bill to complete refurbishment of the 108-year-old building.
What was in the bill?
Among the bill’s proposed appropriations are:
The bill is not expected to be revived in time for the May 20 midnight deadline. The failure to pass a bonding bill in 2013 sets the stage for a larger package to be put forth in 2014.
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