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Rep. Anna Wills is the House rep for Apple Valley and Rosemount. In her district is the Apple Valley Zoo - an asset for the city which brings in a large number of visitors and business. It is a state operated facility and depends on state bonding to maintain it.
There is always a huge disparity in funding for the Zoo regarding what comes out of the House bonding bill as compared to the Senate bill. Sen. Greg Clausen represents Apple Valley and Rosemount and under his representation, the Zoo has almost always met or . . .
"A group of Senate Democrats stood in the way of funding for critical road and bridge infrastructure like Highway 12 earlier this week, and it's time to fix their mistake," said Speaker Kurt Daudt.
Boy, you have to seriously revise events to come up with that kind of blame game. That bill passed the Senate as amended and came to the House floor before midnight - but Speaker Daudt had adjourned...Sine Die.
That was not the Senate's fault. And I am one of those who . . .
I have been watching the aftermath of that ridiculous legislative end game and let me give you some extra thoughts.
Kurt Daudt likes to play brinksmanship. When you look at how the session ended, there are a couple of key points. First, Daudt held off bringing the bonding bill to the floor until there was little time left. He wanted the bill in and out cleanly, but when the House Democrats refused to vote until they were given an opportunity to at least look at the bill and offer potential amendments, Daudt had no choice . . .
Today House Speaker Kurt Daudt, House Majority Leader Joyce Peppin, Reps. Jerry Hertaus. Joe McDonald and other legislators, and families who have been impacted by accidents on Highway 12 will host a media availability in Maple Plain today to discuss the urgent need for a special session to pass a bonding bill that includes more than $700 million in transportation funding to fix key projects like Highway 12, Highway 14, Highway 23, and more.
In one of the worst displays of legislative leadership I have ever seen, the chaotic legislative session ended in an uproar and and a bunch of failed political games.
The House Republicans, which had the entire session to put a bonding bill together, put out a final one in the final hour. The Democratic minority had 10 minutes to look at it and had to caucus out in the hallway because the Capitol has no room for gatherings.
Apparently the bill had left off a provision that the Senate wanted and with about . . .