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Bonding proposals completed

Published (2/22/2008)
By Nick Busse
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The House Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division completed its bonding recommendations for the biennium.

HF2957, sponsored by Division Chairwoman Rep. Jean Wagenius (DFL-Mpls), contains bonding recommendations for the Department of Natural Resources, Pollution Control Agency, Board of Water and Soil Resources and Metropolitan Council. The division approved the bill Feb. 21 and referred it to the House Finance Committee.

The bill recommends $153.6 million for the DNR; $16.5 million for the PCA; $48 million for BWSR; and $23.7 million for metropolitan parks, for a grand total of $241.8 million in mostly general obligation bonds. The bill represents $113.7 million more than Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s recommendations.

Wagenius said the bill was crafted specifically to provide as many jobs as possible.

A Senate companion, SF2952, sponsored by Sen. Ellen Anderson (DFL-St. Paul), awaits action by the Senate Finance Committee.

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