Legislative Update, May 4, 2012

Good morning. The House was expected to take up the bonding bill on the floor last night, but instead adjourned, delaying the vote until Monday. The spreadsheet for the new bill was released totaling $496 million in statewide infrastructure projects. $144.8 million, or $106.5 million in state funded bonds, is included in the bill for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, of which $30 million is included for higher education asset preservation and replacement (HEAPR). The college and university projects include:

$13.389 million for the Minneapolis Community and Technical College workforce program renovation;
$13.851 million for Ridgewater College, Willmar technical instruction lab renovation;
$4.606 million for Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Worthington renovation and addition;
$13.315 million for South Central College, Faribault classroom renovation and addition;
$0.980 million for Anoka Ramsey Community College, Coon Rapids bioscience and allied health addition;
$26.292 million for North Hennepin Community College bioscience and health careers center addition;
$0.500 million for Southwest Minnesota State University science lab renovation;
$1.5 million for Saint Paul College health and science center design;
$5 million for Century College academic partners classroom design and construction;
$7.230 million for Dakota County Technical College transportation and emerging technical lab renovation;
$8.746 million for Rochester Community and Technical College workforce center
$5.2 million for the system wide STEM renovation;
$2.065 million for Minnesota State University, Mankato clinical science building design
$3.303 million for Bemidji State University business building addition/renovation design and demolition
$4.549 million for Northeast Higher Education District Itasca Community College demolition, renovation and addition
$4 million for St. Cloud Technical and Community College medium heavy truck and auto body addition and renovation; and
$0.300 million for Northland Community and Technical College aviation maintenance facility expansion.

The Senate recessed yesterday afternoon expecting to receive the House bonding bill once they passed it. The plan then, according to Senate Majority Leader David Senjem, R-Rochester, was to take the bill up Monday for a second reading, and then take it up Tuesday for final consideration. Neither the House nor Senate will meet today, so the bill will have to wait until Monday.

Attached is a side-by-side comparison of the system’s request, governor’s recommendation, the two House bills, the Senate bill and the bonding bill released yesterday. Also attached is the new bonding bill spreadsheet totaling $496 million. The spreadsheet can also be found at: http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/fiscal/files/bond12_2.pdf.

The Senate passed the tax bill yesterday, so it now heads to Gov. Dayton for consideration. As a reminder, the bill is not part of the negotiated deal between legislative leaders and the governor. As for the third bill, the Vikings stadium, a vote is expected Monday in both bodies.

The House is scheduled to meet Monday at 10:00 a.m., and the Senate is scheduled to meet at 1:00 p.m.

Have a nice weekend.

Melissa Fahning
Legislative Communications
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
30 7th St. E., Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55101
(651) 201-1757
(612) 483-3741 cell

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