Senate passes pared down bonding bill

The Senate unanimously passed a pared down, $130 million bonding bill that would continue construction on the State Capitol.

DFL Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk says he proposed the bonding bill because he’s worried it will cost the state millions to stop and then restart the work on the Capitol.

“The costs to the state of these renovations halting because the additional bonding hasn’t been authorized and this entire project demobilizing,” Bakk said. “The costs of getting them to come back here once we pass some additional bonding next year, maybe, of the remobilization again would have been significant additional costs to the taxpayers.”

DFL House Speaker Paul Thissen says the Senate didn’t consult with him before it passed the proposal. A larger bonding bill failed in the House on Friday.