MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Senate has passed a nearly $1.9 billion public works construction package, a day after the House finally broke months of partisan stalemate and approved the bill. The package, known as a bonding bill, is the biggest piece of unfinished business left over from the 2020 regular session.
The Senate voted 64-3 Thursday to send the bill to Democratic Governor Tim Walz for his signature. Twenty-five House Republicans crossed over Wednesday night to join the House Democratic majority and pass it 100-34.
State Senator Carla Nelson (R-Rochester) says the bill includes a number of projects she’s championed, including $11.4 million for the Rochester International Airport, $6 million for a new interchange at U.S. Highway 14 and County Road 104 in Olmsted County, $2.5 million for Rochester’s Cascade Lake Park, and $8.7 million for the final phase of the Chatfield Center for the Arts project.