“But wait, there’s more” is not just an infomercial catch phrase. It could be applied to a pair of capital investment bills which left the House March 6 with $1.9 billion in infrastructure spending and returned from the Senate Monday with $2.6 billion in funding for hundreds of projects across Minnesota.
State agencies, counties, cities, universities and nonprofits would receive funding to acquire land, build roads, upgrade trails, repair roofs and fix plumbing under the two bills amended and passed by the Senate Monday, then repassed by the House.
Sponsored by Rep. Fue Lee (DFL-Mpls) and Sen. Sandra Pappas (DFL-St. Paul), the cash bill, HF670, received House passage on a 78-43 vote. HF669, the bonding bill, was repassed 97-35.
Members of both parties highlighted projects they were happy to see included. Rep. Liz Reyer (DFL-Eagan) said Minnesotans from all across the state can see themselves reflected in the bill. Opponents, however, say state taxpayers shouldn’t be subsidizing local projects like fire stations and community centers.