Legislative Update, May 7, 2012 – 2

After almost four hours of debate, the House just passed by a vote of 99-32, HF 1752, a bonding bill totaling $496 million. In explaining the bill on the House floor, author of the bill Rep. Larry Howes, R-Walker, explained that they worked to bring the University of Minnesota and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities numbers more in line. The University of Minnesota is at $64 million in projects and MnSCU is at a comparable $94.7 million ($132 million with user financing). “We did bring them closer together,” Howes said, explaining why they delayed taking the bill up on the floor Thursday evening.

There was discussion surrounding the $50 million in the bill for business development through capital project grants, which Howes said was included in the bill so greater Minnesota cities that are not able to lobby at the Capitol, would have an opportunity to receive funding for local projects through project grants. When asked if local civic center projects that were left out of the bill would qualify for these grants, Howes indicated they would.

The bill can be found at:

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/amend/a12-1013.pdf

The spreadsheet can be found at:
http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/fiscal/files/bond12_2.pdf

Attached is an updated side-by-side comparison including a new column entitled, “May 6, 2012 Bill,” which is the bill the House just passed. The bill now heads to the Senate. We will continue to keep you posted.

Thank you.

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
melissa.fahning@so.mnscu.edu

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