St. Paul – Last night, the Minnesota House of Representatives voted on a $1.9 billion bonding, spending, and tax bill. Rep. Cal Bahr (Republican-East Bethel) voted against the bill and offered his reaction:
"I voted against this bill because it is a violation of the single-subject clause of our State Constitution, spends the rainy day fund, and has policy provisions that further the cause of socialism," said Rep. Bahr. "Does no one care that we are facing a $4 billion deficit? If anything, we need to be considering measures to make next year's budgeting process less painful. If passed by the Senate, this bill gives the next Legislature a choice between massive tax increases and taking a chainsaw to budget."
The Minnesota House of Representatives passed the bill, HF 1, by a vote of 100-34.
The Minnesota Senate is expected to vote on the bill today.