House Bonding Bill Awaits Floor Action

Various bills that could become the vehicle for the House bonding bill are available for action on the House floor this week.
(Published May 12, 2014)

Rep. Alice Hausman (DFL-St. Paul) presented a revised House bonding bill (HF 2490) and revised general fund appropriation bill (HF 1068) on May 6.

HF 2490 includes $843 million in general obligation bonds, which includes $126.3 for Capitol restoration. HF 1068 includes $200 million in total general fund appropriations, of which $1.252 million is for the debt service on $843 million in bonds for FY 2015.

Provisions of interest to cities
Below are some of the provisions in the House bonding bill that the League continues to monitor:

Water infrastructure

  • Federal Clean Water and Drinking Water Revolving Fund Match: $12 million.
  • Wastewater infrastructure grants: $20 million.
  • Reinvest in Minnesota reserve program: $15 million (was $19.6 million in previous version).
  • Local Government Roads Wetland Replacement Program: $5.4 million.
  • Flood hazard mitigation grants: $9.9 million.*
  • Inflow & infiltration: $1 million.
  • Lewis & Clark rural water system: Not funded (was $20 million in previous version).
  • Groundwater monitoring: $1 million.
  • Business development public infrastructure grants: $5 million.
  • A number of local water and sewer projects.

Transportation

  • Local bridge improvement program: $21.75 million.*
  • Local road program: $49.5 million (was funded at $18.34 million in previous version).
  • Safe Routes to School: $1 million* (was $1.5 million in previous version).
  • Port development assistance: $2 million* (was $6 million in previous version).

Housing

  • Public housing rehabilitation: $20 million.
  • Housing Infrastructure Bond (HIB) appropriations: $80 million.*
  • Veterans housing survey grants: Not funded (was funded at $250,000 in previous version).

*Item can be found in HF 1068 (general fund appropriations).

Other bonding proposals
The Senate is working on its own bonding bill, and Gov. Dayton made bonding recommendations in January.

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