House Dems make projects pitch but GOP holds key

Published On: Apr 09 2013 12:40:55 PM CDT
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -

A Democratic-crafted House plan for publicly financed construction sprinkles a host of projects across Republican-held districts but it is far from clear that it can attract the needed GOP votes to pass.

The proposal released Tuesday would pay for civic center renovations, college science labs, a state Capitol fix-up and museum and trail projects around the state. It clocks in at $858 million worth of construction, about $800 million of which would require state borrowing.

House Capital Investment Committee Chairwoman Alice Hausman says she devised her bill with the need to find at least eight Republican votes for the supermajority required for passage. It is larger than a bonding bill announced Monday by Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton.

Some Republicans questioned the House priorities and none have yet committed their support.