Bonding Tuesday

Tuesday is supposed to be the day when House and Senate negotiators approve a public works funding bill and send it to the full House and Senate for approval.

Sen. Keith Langseth, DFL-Glyndon, today said everything is ready in the bill other than how much to spend — if anything — on buying land for a new state park along Lake Vermilion in northeastern Minnesota. The park can be funded in a variety of ways later in the legislative session, said Langseth, chairman of the Senate committee that determines what public works projects get funded.

The bill would spend $925 million, mostly funded by the state selling bonds. Gov. Tim Pawlenty says he cannot accept that amount and in recent days has dropped hints he may veto some projects to reduce the spending.