Bakk wants bonding bill special session

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A key state senator is urging Gov. Tim Pawlenty to call a special legislative session to pass a job-creating bonding bill.

Sen.Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, the chair of the Senate tax committee and a 2010 candidate for governor, released a letter today that he sent to Pawlenty. Bakk says the capital investment committees in the House and Senate have been traveling the state, looking at proposed public works projects for a bonding bill in the 2010 session. With unemployment especially high in the construction trades, Bakk says lawmakers should take action on that borrowing package before the end of the year.

“I see no reason that we sit around and wait with an economy that is badly failing, 500 people every week getting their last unemployment check,” Bakk said. “There just is no reason that we wait around for the session to start in February before we move on a bonding bill.”

Bakk is also proposing tax credits and other incentives aimed at boosting Minnesota’s economy. He says he’s been meeting recently with state business group leaders to get their input on additional ideas.

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