No Bonding Bill yet
The Senate Capital Investment committee is not scheduled to meet until April 8 and 9, when they will discuss transportation, Department of Human Resources and Department of Corrections bonding priorities. The Governor?Äôs proposal spends $990 million and The House proposal spends $1.340 billion. Sen. Stumpf, Chair of the Capital Investment Committee hasn?Äôt introduced a bill yet.
Gov. Dayton and legislative leaders have informally agreed to keep this year?Äôs bonding bill in the range of $850 million.
Minimum Wage in the Constitution?
Last Friday the Jobs, Ag and Rural Development Committee heard a bill that would allow for a constitutional question on November?Äôs ballot. The question would ask voters if they would support a minimum wage of $10 by Jan. 1, 2015, indexed with inflation each year. The bill had broad bipartisan opposition from testimony in Committee but passed on a party-line vote, and was re-referred to the Rules Committee. The House has indicated that they have no intention of taking up this bill.