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Legislative News and Views - Rep. Greg Davids (R)

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Monday, March 16, 2009
ST. PAUL – A $367 million bonding bill, which borrows money in order to fund construction projects across Minnesota, has been passed by the Minnesota Senate. State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) believes the recent approval of this legislation sends a bad message to Minnesotans who are waiting for lawmakers to solve our budget problems. “Spending first and asking questions later puts Minnesota on a slippery slope,” Davids said. “We still need to solve a $6 billion budget deficit, yet Senate Democrats felt it was more important to approve a nearly $400 billion spending proposal in a year that we’re not supposed to be working on a bonding bill.” Davids also noted that the Senate bonding bill, which is typically approved in the second year of the legislative biennium after the state’s budget is set, is heavily slanted towards Metro Area projects. “Only a handful of itemized projects in this nearly $400 million bill can truly be classified as beneficial for rural Minnesota,” Davids said. “There’s little for working families and business owners in southeastern Minnesota to be excited about, unless spending millions when you’re facing a $6 billion deficit excites you.”