Yesterday Governor Dayton called the legislature back into session at 3:00 p.m. in order for legislature to pass a new two-year budget based on the agreement reached last week between the governor and legislative leaders.
After about 12 hours of work, the legislature adjourned at about 3:45 a.m., sending 12 bills to the governor’s desk. In addition to the budget bills, the legislature passed a capital bonding bill, legislation the Transportation Alliance had been promoting all session and after the government shutdown. The Alliance sent information to every legislator with a list of bridges that could be repaired or replaced in 2011 with about $76 million in state bridge bonds. In addition, we urged legislators to pass funding for local roads, transit ways, transit facilities, ports and rail improvements.
The Final Capital bonding bill totaling $497.578 million contains