Bonding Bill Gains Support

Minnesota already makes larger payments on its loans than state officials want, but many lawmakers propose borrowing still more money.

And if a federal stimulus package includes money for state infrastructure, the pressure to borrow to fund public works projects will grow more.

As legislators get ready for their 2009 legislative session, there is a division about whether to pass a "bonding bill" to build and repair state buildings, roads and other infrastructure. Those supporting one say it would provide much-needed jobs during a recession unlike any the state has seen for decades.

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