Pawlenty Expected to Sign Bonding Bill; Local Legislators React
Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty says the bonding bill is one “we can work with.” The Governor said Wednesday that he will likely not veto the latest billion dollar proposed borrowing bill, but said he may use his line item authority on some projects.
The bill is about $300 million more than the Governor initially requested, but State Representative Tim Faust (DFL-Hinckley) believes this is an ideal year for a larger bill.
The Legislature’s bill does include money for the sex offender program in Moose Lake, but at about half the cost Pawlenty requested. The Governor asked for $89-million, but the House and Senate bill calls for $47 million for the program.
State Senator Tony Lourey (DFL-Kerrick) says he wishes the number was closer to the Governor’s request.
The bonding bill is expected to pass both the House and Senate on Thursday and will head to the Governor’s desk by the end of the week.