The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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April 8, 2013

Governor's bonding proposal includes Treatment Center fixes

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Civic center hurdles coming

The governor has long supported Mankato’s civic center request; the next test for the proposal will come when the House releases its proposal Tuesday morning.

The House recently asked the city to resubmit its jobs figures for the project, Mankato City Manager Pat Hentges said. He said the project is estimated to create the equivalent of 10 full-time employees on the site and 100 full-time employees in the area around the site.

Senate leaders have been the most hesitant about a larger bonding bill, Hentges said.

And because a bonding bill requires a 60 percent majority to pass, the Democrats will need Republican votes.

House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt told The Associated Press that Republicans want to keep the focus on the budget for now.

“At this point we don’t think it’s appropriate to talk about borrowing money before we know where we are going to spend our money,” Daudt said.

Waiting to pass a bonding bill also gives the Republicans more leverage to influence budget talks. This is because, again, the Democrats will know they still need Republican votes for a bonding deal.

 

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

 

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