Dayton set to outline project wish list

Published 9:55 am Monday, April 8, 2013

ST. PAUL — State Capitol repairs, civic center expansions and veterans home upgrades are all expected to have a place in Gov. Mark Dayton’s plan for Minnesota-financed construction projects.

Mark Dayton

Mark Dayton

Dayton has dropped those hints and others ahead of today’s official release of his wish list. He has said he would press for $750 million in state borrowing.

The bonding bill is a rare example this year of where GOP buy-in is necessary. It takes a three-fifths vote to pass one, and Democrats are short of that margin on their own.

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Republicans have generally supported devoting money to the state Capitol renovation, but House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt said lawmakers should worry about balancing the state budget before taking up a bonding bill.

House Democrats were set to outline their proposal on Tuesday.

Albert Lea is waiting to see if the Fountain Lake dredging project makes the list.