House Republicans propose $221 million for Capitol renovation

Republicans in the Minnesota House are proposing to borrow $221 million to restore and renovate the State Capitol building. The bill containing the funding, which will be heard in the House Capital Investment Committee today, aims to restore the Capitol in phases. The measure aims to ensure the structural soundness of the building and doesn’t aim to improve equipment or other “furnishings.”

The bill also requires that construction work has to be sequenced so the House and Senate chambers continue to operate during budget years.

The measure borrows over the next four years and is separate from a bonding bill in the House. That bill proposes borrowing $280 million that is mostly focused on asset preservation.

Here’s the bill.

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