Senate Majority Releases $825 Million Bonding Bill

The measure, which compares to the recently advanced House bonding package, but does not align with Gov. Dayton’s $1.5 billion proposal, contains several provisions of interest to cities.
(Published May 14, 2018)

Senate Capital Investment Committee Chair Dave Senjem (R-Rochester) released his $825 million omnibus bonding bill on May 9. The measure, SF 4013, funds a variety of public works accounts and projects statewide.

The bill was passed by the Senate Capital Investment Committee on May 10 and will be heard in the Finance Committee in the coming days. It spends an amount equal to the House bonding bill, HF 4404, authored by Rep. Dean Urdahl (R-Grove City).

However, the Senate proposal is more prescriptive in how the money will be spent. State agency commissioners have testified on both bills, saying they fall well short of Gov. Dayton’s proposed $1.5 billion package.

Items of interest to cities

Some provisions in the Senate bonding bill that may be of interest to cities include the following:

  • $344.78 million for transportation funding, including:
    • $65.8 million for the Local Road Improvement Program
    • $15 million for the Local Bridge Replacement Program
  • $120 million for water infrastructure projects, including:
    • $20 million for federal revolving fund match
    • $27 million water infrastructure fund (WIF) grants for clean water
    • $10 million WIF grants for drinking water
    • $35 million for point source implementation grants
  • $85 million for housing projects, including:
    • $5 million for public housing rehabilitation
    • $30 million for housing infrastructure bonds
    • $50 million for housing infrastructure bonds for persons with behavioral health needs
  • $32 million for construction of new veterans’ homes

A number of local, city-specific projects are also included in the spreadsheet and bill language.

No guarantee of bonding bill, but appears likely

The bonding bill is typically one of the last bills passed during session. While there is no promise of a bonding bill in 2018, recent activities at the Capitol suggest legislative leaders are planning to send an omnibus capital investment bill to Gov. Dayton before the constitutional adjournment date of May 21.

The League is actively advocating for passage of a robust bonding bill that includes provisions benefiting cities.

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