The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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April 9, 2013

Dems push for bonding projects but GOP holds key votes

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ST. PAUL —

"We would like to see the Capitol separated so the Capitol is not held hostage to a lot of porky projects around the state," said Dean, of Dellwood.

But Hausman said building a passing majority often requires lawmakers to stomach projects they don't like to achieve those they do.

"Here's the bad news about bonding bills: You don't just get to vote for the bill that funds your project," she said.

The committee plans to vote on the plan later in the week, but the bonding bill is likely to fall behind budget bills after that.

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The House bonding plan can be found at: http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/comm/docs/2013Bonding4-8-136PM_4.pdf

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