State Capitol repairs belong in bonding bill

  • Article by: Star Tribune Editorial
  • Updated: May 1, 2013 - 8:45 PM

Senate DFLers caught the attention of State Capitol lovers like us last week. A provision to pay $30 million over the next two years to continue the restoration of Cass Gilbert’s “people’s palace” popped up in a legislatively odd place — the Senate tax bill.

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marcymmbMay. 2, 13 8:39 AM

Yup lets just give them a 35% raise and a new office building. This DFL legislature never stops does it. Whose money do they think they are spending.

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nogophersMay. 2, 13 9:09 AM

This project shouldn't be labled a "priority" just so public servants can have a nice place to work. Repair our roads and bridges first...These are the true priority items!

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striber1May. 2, 1312:10 PM

Repair and the restore Capitol? Yes!!! Achieve that goal by raising taxes or by bonding? No!!! The funding to complete that task is already available and it may be found in all the goodie bags within the Legacy fund. It's a no-brainer folks....here's whats available to the our Legislators...JUST this biennium: • Clean Water Fund - $191.3 million • Outdoor Heritage Fund - $147.1 million • Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund $114.69 mill. • Parks and Trails Fund - $85.19 million. Source: Session Daily 4/11/13 Wake up people. That's about $550 million. The Capitol building is too important to ignore. Let's start with all the "Guffman's" in the ACH...take it all. Then, the other three pots can cough up 50% or so. I don't know...play with the numbers and negotiate SOMETHING. Time is of the essence! Once that Choo-Choo starts running down University Ave its going to shake that building like a dog that got your daughter's rag doll.

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dvsdan123May. 2, 1312:44 PM

If we cut the numbers of Senators and Representative in half, we would have plenty of office space. Our legislature is too large to function. Unfortunately Minnesota citizens are not given a method to propose Constitutional Amendments without going through the Legislature, and the Legislature will never allow an amendment that would curtail their "gravy train".

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