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THE SENATE WILL COME TO ORDER. MEMBERS LET’S GET THE SHOW BACK ON THE ROAD THE NEXT ORDER OF BUSINESS IS NUMBER 85 ON GENERAL ORDERS SENATE FILE 3463 3,463 SEN. SENJEM. THANK YOU MR. PRES. AND MEMBERS THIS IS THE CAPITAL INVESTMENT COMMITTEE BILL FOR 2020 BUT BEFORE WE GET INTO IT I WILL GO THROUGH THE BILL BUT I HAVE THREE AMENDMENTS OF A TECHNICAL NATURE I THINK WE ARE GOING TO OFFER SEN. JASINSKI WILL OFFER THE FIRST ONE. ONE. SEN. PAPPAS. MR. PRES. AND SEN. SENJEM I WAS TOLD WE WEREN’T GOING TO BE DOING AMENDMENTS AT THIS POINT. I AGREED TO HOLD OFF ON MY AMENDMENT. SEN. SENJEM WHY DON’T YOU START BY GOING THROUGH THE SPREADSHEET AND WHAT’S IN THE BILL AND WE WILL PAUSE ON AMENDMENTS FOR THE TIME BEING. THANK YOU MR. PRES. AND MEMBERS THAT’S FINE AS WE GET INTO THESE WERE HOUSEKEEPING AMENDMENTS. MR. PRES. AND MEMBERS THE 2020 CAPITAL 2020 CAPITAL INVESTMENT BILL SENATE FILE 3,463 IS A BILL WAS LARGELY CREATED AROUND THE IDEA GIVEN THE TIMES WITH RESPECT TO THE DOWNTURN AND UNEMPLOYMENT AND THOSE ISSUES RELATED TO THAT WE PUT TOGETHER A BILL WAS LARGELY AROUND THE IDEA OF JOB INTENSITY I DESCRIBE IT AS MOVING DIRT POURING CONCRETE PUTTING UP STRUCTURAL ELEMENTS PUTTING UP DRYWALL INSTALLING UTILITIES, MAKING THOSE KIND OF THINGS WORK IN THE FRAMEWORK OF OUR SOCIETY AS A RESULT IF YOU DO THAT THINGS RIPPLE AND RIPPLE FROM THE STANDPOINT OF JOB CREATION AND THE STANDPOINT OF THE MONEY THAT TURNS AROUND. MR. CHAIR AND MEMBERS THIS IS A $998 MILLION BILL IT’S A COMPOSITE IF YOU WILL OF LOOKING AT OVER 500 PROJECTS 500 PROJECTS WITHIN THE CREST LIST THIS YEAR AMOUNTING TO OVER $5 BILLION THERE WAS A LOT OF INTEREST OUT THERE WITH RESPECT TO SEEKING CAPITAL INVESTMENT FUNDING OBVIOUSLY THE $998 MILLION IS ABOUT A FIFTH OF THE REQUESTS AND PROBABLY ABOUT A FIFTH OF THE PROJECTS WITH RESPECT TO THIS BILL I HAVEN’T COUNTED BUT IT’S ABOUT 100 PROJECTS. AGAIN SENATE FILE 3,463 I STARTED TO SAY WAS A 998 BILL WITH RESPECT TO GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS IT IS BEYOND THAT IT DOES HAVE TRUNK HIGHWAY BONDS THE BILL IN ITS TOTALITY IS $1.4 BILLION AND 998 OF GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS AND 400 OF HIGHWAY TRUNK BONDS THE GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS ARE DEDICATED TO HIRE EDUCATION $85 MILLION TO NATURAL RESOURCES ABOUT 8.5% TRANSPORTATION IS LARGE ON TRANSPORTATION $688 MILLION OF THAT $1.4 BILLION ARE DEDICATED TO TRANSPORTATION THERE WE HAVE $288 MILLION OF GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS AND $430 $430 MILLION OF TRUNK HIGHWAY BONDS THE DEED SECTION DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IS 10% OF THE BILL OF $105,000,000 THE PUBLIC FACILITIES AUTHORITY OF SEWER AND WATER ALONG WITH TRANSPORTATION THE PUBLIC FACILITIES AUTHORITY SEWER AND WATER ELEMENT OF THE BILL WE HAVE MAJOR MONEY PERHAPS RECORD-BREAKING MONEY WITH RESPECT TO A BONDING BILL HERE WE ARE TALKING ABOUT $203 $203,000,000 AND I THINK WE KNOW IF YOU BEEN ON BENNY BONDING TRIPS AT ALL YOU DON’T EVEN HAVE TO GO ON BONDING TRIPS TO KNOW THE SEWER AND WATER INFRASTRUCTURE ACROSS MINNESOTA HAS GREAT NEEDS AS A RESULT THERE’S GREAT DEMANDS ON THE BONDING BILL. MOST OF THE MAJOR ELEMENTS OF THE BUILT WITH RESPECT TO MONEY, BEYOND THAT THERE’S SOME POLICY PROVISIONS WHICH I WILL GO THROUGH MAYBE I’LL GO THROUGH THE SPREADSHEET AND WILL TRY TO DO THIS AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE WITHOUT SACRIFICING THE CONTENT FROM THE STANDPOINT OF WHAT MAY BE INTERESTING. I TALKED ABOUT HIRE EDUCATION THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA AND MINNESOTA STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM THEY SPLIT IF YOU WILL $85 MILLION $85 MILLION EQUALLY DIVIDED $170 MILLION IN TOTAL $85 $85 MILLION APIECE WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA WE HAVE $29 MILLION $29 MILLION CHILD DEVELOPMENT BUILDING HERE WE HAVE $55 $55 MILLION WORTH OF HEAPR ASSET PRESERVATION FROM THE UNIVERSITY PERSPECTIVE AND HIGHER EDUCATION PERCEPTIVE AND $85 MILLION F HEAPR WITHIN THE MINNESOTA STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM THERE ARE NO NEW BUILDINGS WITHIN THE BILL FOR THE MINNESOTA STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM IT SEEMED LIKE TO THE EXTENT AS WE PUT THE BILL TOGETHER THE EMPHASIS THIS YEAR ARE TO BE ON HEAPR AND TRY TO GET THAT AS HIGH AS WE CAN THERE’S LOTS OF PRESSURES UPON ANY BONDING BILL BUT WE’VE GOT $85 MILLION HERE THAN WE MOVE ON TO THE DNR ASSET PRESERVATION AT ABOUT $18 $18 MILLION FLOOD HAZARD MITIGATION AT $18 MILLION THEM SAFETY REPAIR AT $19 MILLION, A VARIETY OF OTHER LISTED ENTITIES THEIR TRAILS PARKS AND SO ON LAKE VERMILLION IS ON THERE AT $5.8 MILLION RIVERBANK STABILIZATION IN MANKATO IS A BIG ONE I THINK WE NOTICED DOWN THERE THE MINNESOTA RIVER AND THE RIVERS IN NORTHWEST MINNESOTA AS WE TRAVELED THE STATE LAST FALL ERE IF YOU WILL FOR OF WATER AND WATER CAUSING A LOT OF EROSION ALONG STREAM BANKS SO WE HAVE SOME STREAMBANK STABILIZATION IN MANKATO AND GOING FORWARD WERE GOING TO SEE A LOT MORE OF THAT IN THE BONDING BILL THE POLLUTION CONTROL AGENCY A COUPLE OF PROJECTS WITH RESPECT TO WASTE HAZARDOUS WASTE OTHERWISE A SOLID WASTE IN CLAY COUNTY AND DAKOTA AND SCOTT COUNTY’S HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE FACILITY THERE LOCAL GOVERNMENT WITH RESPECT WETLAND REPLACEMENT PROGRAM I MENTIONED MR. CHAIR THERE’S A LOT OF MONEY HERE IN TRANSPORTATION WE CANNOT DO A TRANSPORTATION BILL WITH LEST YOU HAVE WETLAND REPLACEMENT IN MANY CASES INSTALLING A NEW ROAD OR REMODELING A ROAD WILL INVOLVE GOING THROUGH WETLANDS AND YOU HAVE TO REPLACE THOSE SO THERE IS $18 MILLION FOR WETLAND REPLACEMENT WE HAVE SOME IN THE RIM PROGRAM $1 MILLION. ANOTHER ONE IN THE AGRICULTURAL AREA THIS IS A RESULT OF TOURING THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH LABORATORY LAST FALL HEARING ABOUT ITS SHORTFALLS WITH RESPECT TO ITS ABILITY TO CONTAIN WHAT THEY WORK WITH THEIR IN SOME CASES THOSE MICROORGANISMS THE VIRUSES AND SO ON ARE FAIRLY CONTAGIOUS AND THEY DO A LOT OF WORK OVER THERE WITH COVID AT THIS POINT TO $20 MILLION IS DEDICATED TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH TO UPGRADE THEIR LABORATORY SYSTEMS TO PROVIDE BETTER BIOCONTAINMENT WHICH IS IMPORTANT AS WE FACE WHAT WE FACE TODAY THE MINNESOTA ZOO ASSET PRESERVATION OF $1 $1 MILLION ADMINISTRATION WE CALL CAPRA IS ASSET PRESERVATION THE BUILDINGS WHICH ARE ADMINISTRATED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION THERE’S MONEY THERE THERE’S A MALE MEMORIAL PROPOSAL AT THE STATE CAPITOL GROUNDS $250,000 THE AMATEUR SPORTS COMMISSION HAS ASSET MANAGEMENT THE MAINTENANCE PHYLLIS SILVEY AT $2.5 MILLION MILITARY AFFAIRS AT ROSEMOUNT FERGUS FALLS AND CAMP RIPLEY THERE’S MONEY THERE I WOULD NOTE WITH CAMP RIPLEY WERE TALKING ABOUT A NEW MILITARY MUSEUM THE CURRENT MUSEUM IS IN THE FLIGHTPATH OF THE AIRPLANES AND THEY NEED TO MOVE THAT AND WITH THAT PLANNED MOVED THERE’S A DECISION WILL MAKE A MORE APPROPRIATE MILITARY MUSEUM ON HIGHWAY 371 HIGHWAY 371 AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC FROM THE STANDPOINT AND MANY PEOPLE WOULD BE A LITTLE IN COMMITTED TO DRIVING INTO CAMP RIPLEY SO THERE’S $13 $13 MILLION FOR THAT PARTICULAR PROJECT. MOVING ON TO PUBLIC SAFETY WE HAVE REGIONAL PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY IN VIRGINIA AND THEN WE GET INTO TRANSPORTATION LOCAL BRIDGE REPLACEMENT $25 $25 MILLION LOCAL ROAD IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM AND $80 $80 MILLION AND GOING THROUGH THE BILL A LOT OF OTHER THINGS HERE RELATED TO COURTS THERE’S ONE I WANT TO NOTE IN PARTICULAR THIS IS A NEW PROGRAM IN THE BONDING BILL THAT’S TOWNSHIP ROAD IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM $8 MILLION $8 MILLION THERE IF YOU REPRESENT YOUR TOWNSHIP YOU DON’T HAVE TO GO TO TOO MANY MEETINGS TO FIND OUT TAKING CARE OF TOWNSHIP RHODES IS GETTING INCREASINGLY DIFFICULT FOR THE TOWN BOARDS WITH RESPECT TO MONEY THEY DON’T ASK FOR A LOT BUT TO HELP WITH THE NEW CULVERT IS A BIG DEAL AND THIS WILL HELP THEM A LOT. MOVING DOWN IF I NEED TO MENTION ALL OF THOSE, VARIOUS PROJECTS THAT RELATE TO ROAD CONSTRUCTION I WILL NOTE THE CITY OF HENDERSON WHICH BASICALLY IF YOU WILL FLOODS OUT WITH EXCEPTION OF ONE 1 ACCESS ROAD MAYBE ONE MONTH ONE MONTH OUT OF THE YEAR DEPENDING ON FLOODS IS BEEN FAIRLY FREQUENT SO THERE’S A PROJECT TO ELEVATE HIGHWAY 93 HIGHWAY 93 AND ELEVATE COUNTY ROAD SIX AT HENDERSON TO GIVE THEM BETTER ACCESS TO THE COMMUNITY DURING THE HIGH WATER EVENTS WITHIN THE SEASONS. GOING DOWN MORE TRANSPORTATION ON AND ON TO, FEET RIVER FALLS AIRPORT AT $6.4 MILLION ALSO THE ROCHESTER AIRPORT ON THE LIST AT $11,000,000.4 TO AIRPORT PROJECTS IMPORTANT TO THE STATE FROM THE STANDPOINT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT THE WORK THAT’S DONE IN FERGUS FALLS THEY HAVE A LOT OF PRODUCT GOING OUT OF FERGUS FALLS AS DOES ROCHESTER FROM THE STANDPOINT OF MEDICAL EQUIPMENT THE AIRPORT IMPROVEMENT IS IMPORTANT. GOING ON TO PAGE 3 WE HAVE THE MET OUNCIL INFLOW AND INFILTRATION GRANT PROGRAM AT $5 MILLION THE REGIONAL PARKS AT $4 MILLION, HUMAN SERVICES ASSET PRESERVATION WILL NOTE WITHIN HUMAN SERVICES AND EMPHASIS ON MENTAL HEALTH AND MAKING SURE WE HAVE FACILITIES AROUND THE STATE TO ACCOMMODATE MENTAL HEALTH NEEDS WHICH AGAIN IF THEY WEREN’T EVIDENT BEFORE COVID 19 THERE MORE EVIDENT NOW AND THINGS ARE INCREASING VETERANS AFFAIRS ASSET PRESERVATION AT FERGUS FALLS FOR PEOPLE TO WORK IN AND OCCUPY THEIR TIME THAT ENTITY AT THAT VETERANS HOME CORRECTIONS ASSET MANAGEMENT AT $15,000 PRISONS GET A LOT OF INTENSE USE THE LONG-AWAITED INTERIOR FENCE IN ST. CLOUD THERE’S A FEELING THE CURRENT EQUALITY WILL STONEWALL IS NOT ABSOLUTELY SECURE GOING TO PUT A FENCE INSIDE THE BRICK WALL TO MAKE THAT FACILITY MORE SECURE. MOVING ON TO THE DEED SECTION A VARIETY OF PROJECTS THERE THE TRANSPORTATION ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM AT THE BDP I PROGRAM $12 MILLION $12 MILLION FOR THAT AND $1.5 MILLION PROGRAM AND A LIST OF OTHER PROJECTS FOR YOU TO NOTE, I WANT TO KNOW THE CITY OF BECKER BECAUSE THERE WILL BE AN AMENDMENT ON THIS TO CLEAN UP SOME LANGUAGE THIS HAS TO DO WITH THE INSTALLATION OF UTILITIES GOING TO A BUSINESS PARK THAT WILL OCCUPY A NEW GOOGLE FACILITY WHICH IS NOT ONLY TREMENDOUSLY EXPENSIVE IT’S A TREMENDOUS ASSET FOR THE STATE IN TERMS OF PROPERTY TAX AND AND ADDITIONAL PLOYS MOVING DOWN ST. CLOUD HAS $12 MILLION $12 MILLION ASSET REQUEST GRANTED SO FAR WITH RESPECT TO AN ATHLETIC FACILITY I THINK THE REST IS THERE TO READ. MOVING ON TO THE BACK PAGE WE GET IN TO THE THEME THE PUBLIC FACILITIES SEWER AND WATER A BIG NUMBER BY MOST STANDARDS MAYBE A RECORD NUMBER $201 $201,000,000 ALL THE SEWER AND WATER INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE STATE ALONG WITH A NUMBER OF SPECIFIED PROJECTS RELATING TO SEWER AND WATER THROUGHOUT MINNESOTA PERHAPS THE MOST EXPENSIVE ONE IS THE CITY OF ORINOCO THE LARGEST UNSECURED CITY WITHIN MINNESOTA AT $24 $24 MILLION THE REST ARE UPGRADES AND I’D DIDN’T MENTION EARLIER BY VIRTUE OF OLD AND DECREPIT FACILITIES AND NEW EFFLUENT STANDARDS WITH RESPECT TO SEWER AND WATER WE ARE SEEING A LOT OF THAT NEED ACROSS MINNESOTA. HOUSING IS LISTED HERE BUT HOUSING IS BEING HANDLED OUTSIDE OF THE BONDING COMMITTEE THIS YEAR WE HAVE THE HOUSE AND SENATE GROUP WORKING ON THAT THEY WILL COME FORWARD WITH THE HOUSING PROPOSAL OUTSIDE OF THIS THE MINNESOTA HISTORICAL SOCIETY HAS ASSET PRESERVATION AND THEN WE GET INTO THE FINANCIAL ASPECTS OF THE BILL JUST TO NOTE FOR INSTANCE ONLINE 176 176 THE COST OF THE GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS IN THE FIRST YEAR IS $3.7 MILLION IN 22 AND 22 AND 23 UP TO $30 MILLION $30 MILLION LIKEWISE FOR THE TRUNK HIGHWAY BONDS NEXT YEAR THIS YEAR IF ADOPTED THIS BILL COST $4.6 MILLION FOR TRUNK HIGHWAY BONDS RAMPING UP TO $51 $51 MILLION IN YEARS GOING FORWARD. MR. CHAIR AND MEMBERS THAT’S THE ESSENCE OF THE BILL BASICALLY THERE’S OTHER ASPECTS WELL THAT HAVE TO DO WITH ARTICLE 2 IN TERMS OF REVISIONS THAT WILL BE OFFERED AND AGAIN IN ARTICLE 2 THEY LARGELY SURROUND A VARIETY OF ISSUES THERE’S THE TOWNSHIP ROAD IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM AS NOTED WITH RESPECT TO SPECIFIC PROCEDURES FOR GRANTING THE MONEY. THAT’S THE FIRST ONE IN ONE IN SECTION 2 AND WE BEGAN TO SECTION 3 THROUGH 10 I NEED TEN I NEED MY OTHER GLASSES AMENDING THE WRITERS FROM EARLIER BONDING BILLS THEN WE LOOK AT THE REGIONAL PARKS CHANGING A VARIETY OF THESE KIND OF TECHNICAL CHANGES THAT ARE NECESSARY ONE I MIGHT NOTE SEN. COHEN IS PARTICULARLY INTERESTED IN THE MINNESOTA MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART THERE’S BEEN SOME ISSUES THERE IN SOME PREVIOUS BOND MONEY TO MAKE THAT MONEY WORK WE MADE SOME PROVISIONS WITHIN THIS BILL SOME ISSUES WITH HISTORIC TAX CREDITS I THINK WE HAVE THAT STRAIGHTENED OUT FOR THEM SO WE CAN GO FORWARD AND FULLY DEVELOP THAT FACILITY. THE NATIONAL EAGLE CENTER IS ASKING FOR AN EXTENSION TO PREVIOUS BONDING BILL THAT WAS PASSED IN 2024 AND LAST ONE I WANT TO MENTION SECTION 13 IN SECTION 13 IN PARTICULAR INTEREST AND IMPORTANCE THE POLICY PROVISION DEALING WITH THE TRANSPORTATION SELECTION PROCESS WORKING TO MAKE IT MORE TRANSPARENT IS SOMETHING SEN. NEWMAN HAS BEEN WORKING ON FOR SOME TIME AND MR. CHAIR M MR. PRES. THAT’S THE ESSENCE OF THE BILL. IT’S MY UNDERSTANDING WE ARE GOING TO LAY THIS ON THE TABLE AT THIS POINT AND COME BACK TO IT WITH AMENDMENTS AND QUESTIONS SO ON AND SO FORTH I WOULD MOVE MR. CHAIR MR. PRES. TO LAY SENATE FILE 3,463 ON THE TABLE FOR FURTHER DISCUSSION AT A LATER TIME. ON THAT MOTION ALL THOSE IN FAVOR TO LAY ON THE TABLE IS NOT DEBATABLE. ON THAT MOTION ALL IN FAVOR SAY AYE, THOSE OPPOSED WE WILL TAKE A BRIEF PAUSE TOGETHER VOTES OF MEMBERS IN ALTERNATE LOCATIONS. RECEIVING A SUFFICIENT NUMBER OF AYE VOTES THE MOTION PREVAILS. SEN. SENJEM WILL MAKE A MOTION. MR. PRES. I WOULD MAKE A MOTION TO RECONSIDER THE TABLING AND BRING THIS BILL BACK FOR FURTHER DISCUSSION. SEN. SENJEM MAKE A MOTION TO PULL SENATE FILE 3463 FROM THE 3,463 FROM THE TABLE TAKE SENATE FILE 3,463 FROM THE TABLE. MR. PRES. I MOVE TO TAKE SENATE FILE 3,463 FROM THE TABLE FOR PURPOSES OF FURTHER DISCUSSION. ON THAT MOTION ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE, THOSE OPPOSED WE WILL TAKE A BRIEF PAUSE. RECEIVING A SUFFICIENT NUMBER OF AYE VOTES THE MOTION PREVAILS. FURTHER DISCUSSION ON SENATE FILE 3,463? SEN. PAPPAS. THANK YOU MR. PRES. THANK YOU SEN. SENJEM IT SEEMED TO ME THIS WOULD BE A GOOD TIME FOR US TO DISCUSS THE WHOLE ISSUE OF BONDING BILLS NOW INSTEAD OF TAKING A RECESS I APPRECIATE THE COURTESY OF LETTING US DO THAT NOW. JUST TO CLARIFY SOMETHING PUBLICLY IT’S MY UNDERSTANDING WE MIGHT LAY THIS BILL ON THE TABLE AGAIN TAKE UP OTHER BILLS CONTINUING NEGOTIATIONS BUT THERE WOULD BE A LATER TIME TODAY IN WHICH AMENDMENTS WOULD BE OFFERED TECHNICAL AMENDMENTS AND ANY OTHER AMENDMENTS TO THIS SENATE FILE AND WILL SEN. SENJEM YIELD AND CONFIRM I HAVE THAT CORRECT. SEN. SENJEM WILL YIELD. THANK YOU SEN. PAPPAS AND THAT IS MY UNDERSTANDING WE WILL DO THAT I THINK I CONGRATULATE OR COMPLEMENT YOU ON USING THIS TIME WISELY TO HAVE A SAFE COLLOQUY. THANK YOU MR. PRES. IT’S GOOD TO SEE YOU SEN. SENJEM WILL LIVE A BLOCK APART I’VE OFTEN OFFERED TO GO FOR WALKS WITH HIM SIX FEET APART AND VISIT THE 3RD ST. BRIDGE YOU’RE SO CONCERNED ABOUT IN DOWNTOWN ST. PAUL AS YOU WALK UNDER IT YOU DON’T WANTED TO FALL ON YOU BUT MAYBE YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT MY SAFETY AND THE BRIDGE AND NOT AGREEING TO WALK WITH ME. MEMBERS ON THE FLOOR YOU’RE NOT SUPPOSED BE LOOKING AT EACH OTHER. I LEARNED THAT LESSON. HAVE TO SAY MR. PRES. I’M DELIGHTED TO HAVE A BONDING BILL. WITH $5 BILLION IN REQUESTS AND A HUGE BACKLOG IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT IN THIS TIME ESPECIALLY GIVEN WHAT THE VIRUS HAS DONE TO OUR ECONOMY THAT WE HAVE A ROBUST BONDING BILL THAT PROVIDES THE KIND OF JOBS THAT MINNESOTANS NEED. OUR BONDING BILLS HAVE BEEN MISSING IN ACTION I’VE THINKING OF TWICE OR MAYBE THREE TIMES IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS WHEN WE DIDN’T HAVE A BONDING BILL AND I’M AFRAID TO SAY THAT WAS LARGELY DO TO THE LACK OF REPUBLICAN SUPPORT BOTH IN THE SENATE AND HOUSE. I UNDERSTAND THERE’S STILL SOME RELUCTANCE IN THE HOUSE TO DO A BONDING BILL WITH THE REPUBLICANS IN THE HOUSE. LET’S HOPE THE STARS ARE ALIGNED AND IT ALL WORKS OUT AND WE CAN COMPROMISE AND NEGOTIATE AND END UP WITH A ROBUST BONDING BILL THAT WILL PRODUCE THE KIND OF JOBS WE NEED. I THINK A BONDING BILL NOW REALLY NEEDS TO PRIORITIZE SHOVEL READY PROJECTS AND I’M NOT SO SURE THIS BONDING BILL DOES BECAUSE I THINK SEN. DIBBLE WILL TALK MORE ABOUT THE ISSUE WITH THE TRANSPORTATION EARMARKS THOSE AREN’T NECESSARILY HIGHWAY PROJECTS THAT ARE SHOVEL READY BUT WHAT IS SHOVEL READY IS HEAPR OUR REPAIR AND PLACEMENT FUND OUR ASSET PRESERVATION FUNDS AND THAT’S ACROSS ALL OF STATE GOVERNMENT ALL OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND THOSE ARE THE ONES ALL OF OUR STATE AGENCIES PLACES LIKE THE ZOO THE STATE ACADEMIES THE DNR HAS HUGE ASSET PRESERVATION REQUEST I THINK LIKE $70 MILLION AND ALSO TO TALK ABOUT WHERE ARE THE HIGHEST JOB PRODUCERS AND AGAIN I WILL TURN TO SEN. DIBBLE HE’S QUEUING UP TO FOLLOW ME TO TALK ABOUT THE IMPORTANT JOB PRODUCERS HE IS AWARE OF. THE OTHER AREA I WOULD SAY THAT’S LACKING IN THIS BILL IS THE ISSUE OF PUBLIC SAFETY AND THAT’S BECOME VERY MUCH IN THE FOREFRONT OF OUR MINDS THESE DAYS SCIENCE LABS THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AS WELL AS OUR HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTION NEED STATE-OF-THE-ART SCIENCE LABS TO BACK UP THE RESEARCH THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE. THE OTHER AREA I WOULD SAY NEEDS ALONG THE PUBLIC SAFETY LINE IS AN EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER THIS IS BEEN REQUESTED BY BOTH ADMINISTRATIONS I THINK SINCE 911 TO HAVE THE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER WHERE IT’S LOCATED I WON’T TELL YOU WHERE THAT IS WE REALLY NEED A NEW LOCATION FOR THAT EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER I KNOW THAT SHOULD BE A HIGH PRIORITY FOR ALL OF US. AS WELL AS TRAINING CENTERS THROUGHOUT THE STATE FOR BOTH FIRST RESPONDERS OUR FIREFIGHTERS POLICE THESE ARE REALLY IMPORTANT PROJECTS. TO KEEP OUR PEOPLE SAFE OBVIOUSLY WE NEED CLEAN WATER AND WE NEED WASTEWATER TREATMENT AND ALTHOUGH SEN. SENJEM’S BILL DOES FUND THE PUBLIC FACILITIES AUTHORITY PROJECTS I COMMEND YOU FOR THAT, WHAT ABOUT WASTE MANAGEMENT WHAT ABOUT RECYCLING WHAT ABOUT ORGANICS WHAT ABOUT THE SUPERFUND SITE CLEANUPS THOSE ARE NOT ADEQUATELY FUNDED IN THIS BILL. MEMBERS I’M GLAD WE WERE ABLE TO CLARIFY THIS ISSUE BECAUSE AS THE SENATORS WHO ARE ON THE CAPITAL INVESTMENT COMMITTEE KNOW I HAVE AN AMENDMENT I WANT TO OFFER AND I KNOW THERE ARE MANY MEMBERS WHO WANT A CHANCE TO VOTE FOR THAT AMENDMENT BUILDING ON WHAT SEN. SENJEM HAS DONE YOU MAY NOT AGREE WITH EVERYTHING BUT THERE ARE SOME GOOD THINGS IN THE BILL AND SOME THINGS THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO ALL OF US BUT IT’S NOT ENOUGH SO MEMBERS WITH THOSE COMMENTS I WILL END MY COMMENTS FOR NOW AND GO ON TO THE NEXT SPEAKER. FURTHER DISCUSSION ON THE BILL SEN. DIBBLE. TANK YOU MR. PRES. MR. PRES. AND MEMBERS I’M NOT SURE WHAT TO SAY ABOUT THIS BILL EXACTLY IT’S HARD TO RESPOND TO THIS BILL BECAUSE IT DOESN’T SEEM TO BE VERY SERIOUS EFFORT AT GETTING ANYTHING PAST AND CERTAINLY NOT A SERIOUS EFFORT AT PUTTING MINNESOTANS TO WORK. I AM TEMPTED TO SAVE MY ENERGY AND SAY MY BREATH BUT NEVERTHELESS IS THE SENATE MAJORITY’S BILL THAT’S BEEN PUT IN FRONT OF THE BODY SO WE HAVE TO TAKE IT SOMEWHAT SERIOUSLY. MR. PRES. SEN. SENJEM DESPITE THE PUBLIC PRONOUNCEMENTS FROM THE LEADERSHIP THAT BONDING IN CAPITAL INVESTMENTS ARE A KEY WAY TO STIMULATE OUR ECONOMY AND PUT PEOPLE BACK TO WORK I’M WONDERING WHY WE WOULD BRING A BILL LIKE THIS TO THE FLOOR THAT STRONGLY FAVORS ONLY THOSE DISTRICTS REPRESENTED BY REPUBLICANS AND PUNISHES THOSE REPRESENTED BY DEMOCRATIC SENATORS LARGELY. I CALL YOUR ATTENTION TO THE FACT THERE’S NOT ONE DIME OR TRANSIT IN THIS BILL SO HOW CAN ANYONE CLAIM WITH ANY CREDIBILITY THIS IS EVEN MARGINALLY OR SLIGHTLY FAIR? NOT ONLY DOES IT DO ACTIVE HARM TO THE ECONOMY AND THE COMPETITIVENESS OF THE METRO AREA IT DIRECTLY DAMAGES THOSE WHO ARE WORKING HARD TO PROSPER AND ADVANCE THE LIVES OF THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES. I CERTAINLY HOPE NO METRO AREA SEN. OF EITHER PARTY WILL VOTE IN FAVOR OF THIS BILL WHEN IT SO DIRECTLY IS IN CONTRAST TO THE INTEREST OF THE PEOPLE WE REPRESENT. RECENT STUDY SHOWED CLEARLY AND UNAMBIGUOUSLY AND THAT’S NOT JUST SOME SORT OF LEFTIST STUDY IT COMES FROM THE BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS IN THE METROPOLITAN AREA THE BIGGEST PAYOFF ONE OF THE BIGGEST PAYOFFS IN JOBS IN THE SHORT-TERM AND LONG-TERM THAT WE CAN INVEST IN IN A BONDING BILL AND A CAPITAL INVESTMENT BILL IS TRANSIT. BUILDING THOSE TRANSIT WAYS THAT ARE SO VITAL IN ADDING TO THE CONDUCTIVITY AND ACCESS THE PEOPLE OF THE METRO AREA AND ALSO IN GREATER MINNESOTA HAVE TO GET TO SCHOOL TO GET TO WORK IN THE OTHER OPPORTUNITIES AND WHY IS THERE SUCH A HUGE BENEFIT 30% MORE THAN A LOT OF THE OTHER THINGS WE TALKED A LOT ABOUT IN THE BONDING BILL? IT’S INTUITIVE OF COURSE BECAUSE WHEN YOU INVEST IN TRANSIT YOU’RE NOT JUST SIMPLY ACQUIRING PROPERTY AND LAND WHICH CREATES ALMOST NO JOBS BUT YOU’RE PUTTING THOSE DOLLARS TO WORK ON ACTUAL CONSTRUCTION OF MOBILITY FACILITIES OF TRANSIT WAYS AND YOUR ORDERING THE GOODS THAT WE NEED AND THE SERVICES WE NEED TO MAKE TRANSIT WORK. THERE’S A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF MANUFACTURING AND COMPLETE AND TOTAL SUPPLY CHAIN THAT GOES INTO BUILDING TRANSIT FOR BUSES WITH ENGINES TIRES FUEL SYSTEMS TRANSMISSIONS BRAKE SYSTEM SUSPENSIONS TO GET THE IDEA FOR TRACKS WHERE RAILS CROSS TIES SIGNAL LIGHTS SWITCHES POWER SYSTEMS PLATFORM INFRASTRUCTURE ETC. WHEN YOU FAIL TO INVEST IN TRANSIT THESE ARE THE KINDS OF COMPANIES IN MINNESOTA THAT YOU’RE HURTING ALL OVER MINNESOTA THE DONALDSON COMPANY IN BLOOMINGTON THAT MANUFACTURES AIR FILTERS. AIRLINES S IN BREAKING SYSTEMS IN ARDEN HILLS ALUMINUM EXTRUSION COMPANY NETWORK MANUFACTURING AND RICE MINNESOTA FITTINGS AND CHASKA MANUFACTURING FIBERGLASS PARTS CAR FARE COMPOSITES AND ST. CLOUD HARDWARE IN MINNEAPOLIS FROM ANOTHER CORPORATION AND WEIGHT PARK HOSES AND FITTINGS HVAC AND FILTERS AT THEIR LOOKING METAL FABRICATION IN ST. JOSEPH TRYING A PRECISION STAMPING IN MINNEAPOLIS LUBRICATION TECHNOLOGIES IN GOLDEN VALLEY STEEL FABRICATION IN BLOOMINGTON AND THE LIST GOES ON AND ON AND OF COURSE WE’RE FAMILIAR WITH THE MANUFACTURING FACILITIES IN ST. CLOUD AND CROOKSTON FOR NEW FLYER WHICH PROVIDES THE BUSES FOR METRO TRANSIT AND PROVIDES FANTASTIC BUSES THAT ARE OF NATIONAL REPUTATION. MEMBERS THIS BILL IS NOTHING BUT A SLAP IN THE FACE TO OUR METROPOLITAN AREA AND TURNING OUR BACKS ON THOSE WHO NEED TO GET TO THEIR JOBS THEIR SCHOOL AND OTHER OPPORTUNITIES SADLY I’M NOT SURPRISED BECAUSE SO OFTEN TIME AND AGAIN IN THIS CHAMBER ON THIS FLOOR WE SEE THOSE WHO ARE ALREADY POWERFUL BECOME THE WINNERS IN LEGISLATION GET GETS PASSED OFF THIS BODY IN THOSE WHO STRUGGLE HAVE TO FEND FOR THEMSELVES IT’S PAR FOR THE COURSE. I’M SURE THE PRESS RELEASES ARE READY TO GO ON THE JILLIONS OF DOLLARS THAT WE ARE PUTTING INTO TRANSPORTATION ALL OF THAT BONDING WE ARE DOING IN THIS BILL BUT THE FACT IS THE BILL IS CHOCK-FULL OF EARMARKS HERE’S THE LIST OF EARMARKS SO BEFORE THE PRESS RELEASES GET READY TO GO PEOPLE OF MINNESOTA NEED TO KNOW IN FACT IT’S A LOT OF NOISE AND SOUND AND FURY ABOUT NOTHING BECAUSE MOST OF THESE EARMARKS SIMPLY AREN’T FOR SHOVEL READY PROJECTS THAT ARE READY TO GO. MEMBERS I WILL DRAW YOUR ATTENTION TO THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION LETTER TRANSMITTED I EMAILED IT AND HAVE HARD COPIES HERE AT THE CAPITAL IT SIMPLY SAYS EARMARKED APPROPRIATIONS DON’T COVER THE ENTIRE COST OF THE PROJECT MEANING OTHER PROJECTS WILL HAVE TO BE DELAYED TO COVER THE REMAINING FUNDING GAP AND WITH FALLING REVENUES IT WILL BE DIFFICULT TO FIND THE FUNDS NECESSARY TO COMPLETE MANY OF THE EARMARKED PROJECTS NOT ONLY ARE WE GOING TO EARMARKED PROJECTS THAT ARE READY TO GO THOSE THAT ARE IN THE PROJECT Q WILL HAVE TO WAIT BECAUSE ALL THE SUDDEN WE HAVE A BUNCH OF DOLLARS LOCKED UP IN BONDING THAT HAS TO BE REPAID OVER $20 YEARS. THOSE PROJECT THAT ARE REPRESENTED BY FAVORITE SENATORS FALL FURTHER AND FURTHER BEHIND. IN ALBERT LEA THERE’S A PROJECT FOR TRUNK HIGHWAY 65 NOT SHOVEL READY, MONTICELLO WIDENING NOT SHOVEL READY, GRADE SEPARATION IN ANOKA NOT SHOVEL READY, HIGHWAY HIGHWAY 8 PROJECT IN CHISAGO NOT SHOVEL READY, TRUNK HIGHWAY HIGHWAY 73 IN CROMWELL NOT SHOVEL READY HENDERSON TRUNK HIGHWAY 93 AND 169 NOT SHOVEL 169 NOT SHOVEL READY, JENKINSON PINE RIVER TRUNK HIGHWAY 371 HIGHWAY 371 NOT READY TO GO NORWOOD YOUNG AMERICA US HIGHWAY 212 NOT READY, OLMSTED COUNTY COUNTY ROAD 104 104 INTERCHANGE NOT READY. I COULD GO ON BUT I WON’T I COUNT 11 MORE JUST LIKE THIS SO WE ARE PASSING A MYTH OF FICTION OFF THE FLOOR AND BEFORE WE TALK ABOUT HOW MUCH MORE TRANSPARENT THIS YEAR MARKING PROCESSES THAT IS NOT TRUE. WE DID A GREAT THING A FEW YEARS AGO WE ASKED THE LEGISLATIVE AUDITOR TO ANALYZE HOW PROJECTS ARE VETTED AND SELECTED AND PLACED ON THE SURFACE TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PLAN AND AS WELL AS SOME OF THE OTHER PROGRAMS CORRIDORS OF COMMERCE AND TRANSPORTATION ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM AND THEY RIGHTLY FOUND OUT IT’S A LITTLE HAZY THE CRITERIA IT WAS A LITTLE LOOSE IN THE PROCESS OF COLLABORATION WASN’T VERY CLEAR AND THE TRANSPARENCY OF THE CRITERIA THAT WERE ESTABLISHED FOR THE PURPOSES OF SELECTING PROJECTS AND PLACING THEM ON THE STEP WEREN’T ENTIRELY CLEAR SO THE LEGISLATURE RESPONDED THAT WAS EXCELLENT WORK WE DID WITH SEN. NEWMAN SEN. SENJEM AND MYSELF WE AGREED AND WE PASSED REFORMS. WE HAVE IN LAW THE REQUIREMENT OF THOSE PROJECTS THAT GO ON THE SURFACE TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PLAN HAVE ESTABLISHED CRITERIA THEY HAVE TO FOLLOW THE CRITERIA THEY CANNOT DEVIATE THEY HAVE TO CONSULT WITH THE WHOLE LONG LIST OF COMMUNITY STAKEHOLDERS THEY HAVE TO BE TRANSPARENT ABOUT HOW THE COLLABORATION AND THE CONSULTATION OCCURS AND THEY HAVE TO PUBLISH THOSE PROJECTS THAT GO ON THE LIST AND THE CRITERIA IN THE WAITING OF THE CRITERIA HAS TO BE FULLY DISCLOSED VERSUS A MORE TRANSPARENT PROCESS WHERE A LIST SHOWS UP OUT OF THE BACK ROOM FOR A BUNCH OF PROJECTS FOR A BUNCH OF REPUBLICAN AREAS THAT NO ONE’S EVER HEARD OF OR A BUNCH MORE MONEY THAT NEEDS TO BE COUPLED TOGETHER FROM LOCAL SOURCES THAT HASN’T GONE THROUGH THE PROPER ACQUISITION PROCESS OUT OF THIN AIR THE COME OUT OF A BACK ROOM THAT’S NOT TRANSPARENCY THAT’S NOT CONSULTATION THAT’S A POLITICAL DOCUMENT IT’S THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF WHAT WE HAD CHOSEN TO REFORM A FEW YEARS AGO. MEMBERS, IF THE PROCESS WE DECIDED WAS SO TERRIBLE AND WE HAVE TO DO THIS THEN WHY IS THERE A PROVISION AT THE END OF THIS BILL THAT CALLS FOR THE EXACT SAME PROJECT SELECTION PROCESS CRITERIA TO BE UTILIZED FOR A BUNCH OF OTHER PROGRAMS THAT MNDOT HAS WITH RESPECT TO PORTS AND AIRPORTS AND RAIL SEPARATION AND RAILROAD IMPROVEMENTS AND THE VARIOUS OTHER THINGS WHAT IT WE JUST GET RID OF THOSE ELEMENTS OF OUR LAW AND THE LEGISLATURE GETS TO PICK EVERY PROJECT. WE DID GREAT WORK A FEW YEARS AGO AND WE INSTITUTED THAT REFORM NOW WERE ACTIVELY UNDERMINING IT AND IN DOING SO IN A WAY THAT PUTS PROJECTS THAT ARE READY TO GO FURTHER AND FURTHER BEHIND AND FURTHERMORE WHEN WE ABOUT TO THE HILT HOW EVER MANY HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS SEN. SENJEM DESCRIBED WE KNOW THE HIGHWAY USER TAX DISTRIBUTION FUND IS UNDER TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF PRESSURE BECAUSE OF THE CRISIS AND THE DECLINING REVENUES SEN. NEWMAN SENT OUT AN EMAIL TO EVERYONE A FEW WEEKS AGO SAYING READ IT AND WEEP AND ATTACHED AN ARTICLE ABOUT THE DECLINING REVENUE SO WERE GOING TO GET OUT THE CREDIT CARD AND PAY FOR WE HAVE DECLINING REVENUE AND WERE GOING TO LEVERAGE THE DIMINISHING SET OF RESOURCES TO THE HILT AND TRY TO BUILD A BUNCH OF PROJECTS THAT ARE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO BUILD WITH THE DEBT WILL THEN HAVE TO SPEND THE NEXT 20 YEARS TO PAY OFF WITH INTEREST IT JUST DOESN’T MAKE ANY FISCAL SENSE AND MAKE ANY POLICY SENSE IT PUNISHES THOSE WHO AREN’T FAVORED BY THE MAJORITY HERE IT FAVORS THOSE WHO ARE AND IT DOESN’T GET PEOPLE WHERE THEY NEED TO GO IT’S NOT A JOBS BILL IS NOT GOING TO CREATE JOBS IT DOESN’T INVEST IN THOSE KINDS OF THINGS THAT PRODUCE THE MOST NUMBER OF JOBS MEMBERS I URGE A NO VOTE ON THIS BILL THANK YOU MR. PRES. THANK YOU SEN. DIBBLE MET HIS SEN. NEWMAN JASPER THANK YOU MR. PRES. I WANT TO MAKE SOME GENERAL REMARKS REGARDING THE BONDING BILL SEN. SENJEM HAS PUT TOGETHER I KNOW THERE ARE THOSE WHO ARE NOT HAPPY AND I LISTENED TO SEN. PAPPAS IN COMMITTEE AND HERE ON THE FLOOR HONESTLY I AGREE WITH WHAT SHE SAYS SHE TALKS IN TERMS OF THE NEED FOR FUNDING FOR HEAPR AND OF COURSE SHE IS CORRECT. THERE IS ALSO IN ADDITION TO ALL THE BUILDINGS THE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES OWN THAT HEAPR ADDRESSES THE LAST COUNT I SAW THE DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION IS RESPONSIBLE FOR 6,000 BUILDINGS IN THE STATE OF MINNESOTA ALL PAID FOR IN TERMS OF MAINTENANCE WITH BONDING MONEY AND THE POINT I WANT TO MAKE IS WHEN WE DELVE INTO THIS CAPITAL INVESTMENT BONDING BILL WE CAN’T GO ASTRAY VERY QUICKLY IN TERMS OF I’LL CALL IT LOCAL PROJECTS BECAUSE THERE ARE HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS OF LOCAL PROJECT REQUESTS THAT CAME TO SEN. SENJEM. WE SIMPLY ARE IN A POSITION NOW IN MINNESOTA WE CAN’T AFFORD TO ENTERTAIN THOSE KINDS OF PROJECTS WE HAVE TO PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT IS THE BEST FOR THE STATE OF MINNESOTA AND WHAT ARE TRULY STATE ASSETS AND WHILE I AGREE THERE ARE A LOT OF OTHER ASPECTS OF THE BONDING BILL THAT ARE VERY IMPORTANT WHAT I WANT TO DO IS STAND AND GIVE YOU SOME IDEA OF THE IMPORTANCE OF TRANSPORTATION BECAUSE TRANSPORTATION PLAYS SUCH A HEAVY ROLE IN THIS PARTICULAR BILL. THESE ARE GENERAL COMMENTS I WOULD LIKE I WOULD ASK YOU KEEP IN MIND WHILE YOU ARE ENTERTAINING WHAT SEN. SENJEM HAS IN THE BILL WHY HE HAS THESE ITEMS IN THE BILL SPECIFICALLY TO TRANSPORRANSPORTATION, FIRST EVE IN THE STATE OF MINNESOTA WHETHER YOU DRIVE OR NOT BENEFITS FROM A GOOD TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM EVERYONE HAS TO EAT EVERYONE WEARS CLOTHING EVERYONE HAS AN ENTERTAINMENT VALUE WITHIN THEIR LIVES. CONSEQUENTLY IF WE HAVE A GOOD TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM EVERYONE BENEFITS. I WOULD MAINTAIN A GOOD TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM IS VITAL TO THE ECONOMY IN MINNESOTA WE HAVE IN MINNESOTA IN TERMS OF OUR TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM WE HAVE ROADS AND BRIDGES WE HAVE FREIGHT RAIL AIRPORTS WE HAVE THE PORT SYSTEM HONESTLY STATE OF MINNESOTA SITTING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CONTINENT WE HAVE A VIBRANT PORT SYSTEM IN DULUTH AND ALONG THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER WITH REDWING AND WINONA AND COLLECTIVELY THOSE TRANSPORTATION PIECES CONTRIBUTED AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF MONEY TO THE STATE OF MINNESOTA. THE PEOPLE IN MINNESOTA IRRESPECTIVE OF POLITICAL AFFILIATION OR IF THEY HAVE NO POLITICAL AFFILIATION ALL SUPPORT TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE THROUGH THE BONDING SYSTEM KEEP IN MIND FOR THE MOST PART OUR TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM WHEN IT COMES TO HIGHWAYS AND BRIDGES IS SUPPORTED EXCLUSIVELY BY USER FEE IN THE FORM OF GAS TAXES LICENSED TAB FEES AND SALES TAX ON AUTOMOBILES. WHEN WE DO GET INTO A BONDING BILL THERE IS DEBT SERVICE WHICH IS PAID FOR OUT OF THE GENERAL FUND SO NOW WE ARE FINALLY AT THE POINT WHERE EVERYONE WHO IS BENEFITING FROM THE SYSTEM IN FACT IS CONTRIBUTING. I WOULD INDICATE IS A VERY GOOD ARGUMENT THAT CAN BE MADE A GOOD TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM BENEFITS THE PUBLIC BECAUSE OF PUBLIC SAFETY WE HEAR YEAR AFTER YEAR OF THE NEED FOR GRADE SEPARATION OR RAIL GREAT SEPARATION IS THE TERM AND PART OF THE REASON FOR THAT IS WHEN WE HAVE TRAINS THAT CLOG UP INTERSECTIONS OUR FIRST RESPONDERS AMBULANCE AND FIREFIGHTERS CAN’T GET TO WHERE THEY HAVE TO GO BECAUSE THE TRAIN BLOCKING THE INTERSECTION SO I WOULD SAY WHEN THE COMES TO POLICE FIRE FIRST RESPONDERS AIR AMBULANCE ALL OF THOSE PIECES ALSO FIT INTO WHAT’S NECESSARY FOR A TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM FROM A PUBLIC SAFETY STANDPOINT. I THINK A GOOD BONDING BILL A ROBUST BONDING BILL WHEN IT COMES TO TRANSPORTATION IS GOOD FOR MINNESOTA BECAUSE WE AMORTIZE THE COSTS TO SOME EXPENSIVE PROJECTS OVER A NUMBER OF YEARS AND BY DOING SO WE CAN AFFORD TO FLATTEN THAT OUT AND MAKE IT MUCH MORE AFFORDABLE. THE NEXT REASON I WOULD GIVE THE THINK IN TERMS OF TRANSPORTATION IN THE BONDING BILL IS JOBS. WHEN I TALK IN TERMS OF JOBS AS A RESULT OF A TRANSPORTATION BILL I’M THINKING IN TERMS OF THOSE JOBS THAT ARE CREATED DIRECTLY IN THOSE JOBS THAT ARE CREATED INDIRECTLY THE FIRST THING THAT COMES TO MIND IS CONSTRUCTION JOBS THAT’S A DIRECT BENEFIT OF A ROBUST BONDING BILL YOU UP ALSO GOT ENGINEERING DESIGN COSTS THEY FIT IN THE SAME CATEGORY SO THERE’S DIRECT BENEFIT IF WE SPEND MONEY ON TRANSPORTATION THROUGH THE BONDING PROCESS THERE’S ALSO INDIRECT JOBS CREATED THAT WOULD BE IN THE FORM OF FOR INSTANCE COMPANIES HAVE TO BUY EQUIPMENT THERE’S MORE TELLS THAT ARE USED BY CONSTRUCTION WORKERS ECONOMIC DEVELOPED BY BUSINESSES ALONG A NEW HIGHWAY PROJECT THAT CREATES BUSINESSES AND CREATES PERMANENT JOBS. IN TERMS OF THIS CURRENT BONDING BILL I THINK PROBABLY ONE OF ONE OF THE REASONS WHY SEN. SENJEM HAS PUT SO MUCH EMPHASIS ON TRANSPORTATION IS BECAUSE OF OUR CURRENT ECONOMIC SITUATION THIS COVID 19 HIT AS HARD IN THE ECONOMICS OF MINNESOTA AND THIS PARTICULAR BONDING BILL STRIKES ME AS BEING SORT OF A 21ST CENTURY WPA PROGRAM WHEREBY IT WILL IMMEDIATELY JUMPSTART A WHOLE LOT OF JOBS TENS OF THOUSANDS OF JOBS IN MINNESOTA AND THAT IS WHAT WE REALLY NEED IN ORDER TO GET OUR ECONOMY MOVING AGAIN. THE FINAL THING I WOULD SAY IS THIS, OUR HIGHWAYS AND BRIDGES ARE FUNDED THROUGH USER FEES CALLED THE HIGHWAY USER TAX DISTRIBUTION FUND THE HUTDF THAT IS FUNDED EXCLUSIVELY WITH YOUR GAS TAXES YOUR LICENSED TAB FEES AND SALES TAX ON AUTOMOBILES ALL THAT MONEY THAT’S GENERATED AND IT’S ABOUT $2 BILLION A YEAR GOES DIRECTLY INTO UTDF MNDOT AS ESTIMATED BY REASON OF WHAT’S HIT US WITH THE COVID 19 PANDEMIC THE HUTDF IS GOING TO TAKE A HIT TO THE TUNE OF $400 MILLION AND THE $400 MILLION FOLKS YOU WILL BEGIN TO SEE IT AND FEEL IT IN YOUR TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM WHEREBY ROADS AND BRIDGES ARE NOT GOING TO BE MAINTAINED AS THEY SHOULD BECAUSE THE FUNDS ARE NOT FLOWING INTO HUTDF AS THEY HAD BEEN IN THE PAST. FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE I’VE BEEN INVOLVED IN TRANSPORTATION IF THE FIRST TIME I’VE SEEN HUTDF INC. THREATENED WITH REDUCTIONS FROM FOLKS WHO ARE NOT DRIVING AS MUCH AND NOT BUYING NEW CARS AS A MATTER FACT I THINK PEOPLE ARE DRIVING THEIR AUTOMOBILES LONGER BECAUSE OF THE ECONOMIC STRESS. THE FINAL THING I WOULD SAY SEN. DIBBLE MENTIONED EARMARKS I KNOW MNDOT THE ELECTRICAL EARMARKS I CALL THEM CONSTITUENT REQUESTS. WE ALL REPRESENT PEOPLE WE ALL LEFT FEEDBACK FROM FOLKS WHO ARE DRIVING AROUND THE STATE OF MINNESOTA AND THEY COME TO US WITH REQUESTS AS TO WHAT HAS TO BE DONE IN TERMS OF FIXING OUR HIGHWAYS AND OUR BRIDGES. I CALL THOSE CONSTITUENT REQUESTS IT IS TRUE THAT TWO YEARS AGO TWO YEARS AGO WE DID TAKE AN ATTEMPT AT CREATING SOME TRANSPARENCY WITHIN THE SELECTION PROCESS AT MNDOT AND THERE IS I THINK IF I’M CORRECT 13 OR 14 DIFFERENT METHODS OF SELECTING PROJECTS WITHIN THE MNDOT SYSTEM AND WE CORRECTED OR TRIED TO CORRECT AND CREATE SOME TRANSPARENCY IN THAT SELECTION PROCESS AND WE GOT THREE OF THEM OUT OF THE 13 13 THERE IS IN THIS BILL A REQUEST TO GET THAT TRANSPARENCY INTO THE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS PORTION OF THE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM AT MNDOT BUT EVEN IF WE GET THIS CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS ONE THROUGH IN ONE THROUGH IN THIS BILL WE STILL HAVE DOUBLE DIGITS IN TERMS OF PROJECT SELECTION THAT WE HAVE TO SHINE A LIGHT ON. IT’S ALL ABOUT TRANSPARENCY I PUBLIC HAS ADEQUATE INPUT INTO HOW PROJECTS ARE SELECTED AND THAT’S WHY I KEEP PUSHING FOR THIS TRANSPARENCY PROCESS AND THE MODIFICATION OF HOW PROJECTS ARE SELECTION I THINK THE PEOPLE IN MINNESOTA ARE PAYING FOR THOSE PROJECTS AND I THINK THEY SHOULD HAVE A RIGHT OF INPUT MEANINGFUL INPUT AS TO HOW THE PROJECTS ARE SELECTED AND UNTIL AND UNLESS THAT HAPPENS I AM NOT GOING TO STOP TALKING ABOUT CONSTITUENT REQUESTS BECAUSE WITHOUT US DOING THAT OUR CONSTITUENTS HAVE NO WAY OF MAKING ANY MEANINGFUL INPUT AS TO HOW THOSE PROJECTS ARE SELECTED BY MNDOT. THOSE ARE MY THOUGHTS REGARDING THE SEN. SENJEM BUILT MR. PRES. I WANT TO THANK SEN. SENJEM I KNOW HE AND HIS STAFF HAVE WORKED VERY HARD AT PUTTING THIS BILL TOGETHER AND GIVEN SOME DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES I THINK HE IS DONE A WONDERFUL JOB THANK YOU MR. PRES. THANK YOU IS SEN. SENJEM. THANK YOU MR. PRES. I WOULD PERHAPS FIRST A COUPLE OF COMMENTS WITH RESPECT TO SOME OF THE COMMENTARY I HEARD. IT ANYONE DOESN’T THINK TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS CREATES JOBS I WISH I HAD THE NOTE I GOT YESTERDAY FROM THE 49ERS IT WAS ABSOLUTE THEY WERE ECSTATIC THIS WAS A GREAT BILL THERE LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING TO WORK WITH RESPECT TO LABORATORY FACILITIES WE HAVE SOME OF THE FINEST IN THE WORLD WE CAN BUILD MORE BUT WE HAVE SOME OF THE FINEST IN THE WORLD IN MINNESOTA. WITH RESPECT TO THE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER IT’S A PLACE WITH THE ADVENT OF STATEWIDE COMMUNICATIONS ELECTRONIC YOU CAN RUN EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER OUT OF A MOTOR HOME AND WE DO IN ROCHESTER WITH RESPECT TO RECYCLING WE HAVE A LOT TO DO THEIR YES NO QUESTION ABOUT IT WE WILL MOVE ON. WITH RESPECT TO THE EARMARK PROJECTS AS WE GO ACROSS MINNESOTA WE MAKE THESE VISITS IT’S NOT INFREQUENT WE HAVE DISTRICT MNDOT ENGINEERS WITH US TALKING WITH US AND THE COMMENT IS ALMOST ALWAYS SOMETHING LIKE THIS, JUST GIVE US THE MONEY AND WE ARE READY TO GO JUST GIVE US THE MONEY AND WE ARE READY TO GO AND I WOULD TELL YOU PARTICULARLY WITH THE COUNTY ROAD AND BRIDGE PROJECTS I THINK OF MIKE SHEEHAN IN OLMSTED COUNTY MIKE SAYS DEBUT PAST THE BONDING BILL IN MAY AND WE GOT THE MONEY OUT THE DOOR BY SEPTEMBER IT’S WORKING I SUSPECT THAT’S TRUE OF EVERY COUNTY IN MINNESOTA THIS MONEY GETS OUT THERE FAST IT GOES TO WORK FAST. WITH RESPECT TO I WILL STOP THERE SOME OF THE RHETORIC WE’VE HEARD IS NOT EXACTLY CORRECT I’LL LEAVE IT AT THAT TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS WATER AND SEWER PROJECTS MAKE JOBS THERE’S NO QUESTION ABOUT IT IT’S A JOB INTENSIVE KIND OF ACTIVITY IT TAKES A LOT TO DO THESE PROJECTS ALL KINDS OF DIFFERENT TRADES AND THOSE TRADES ARE GOING TO GO TO WORK AND MAKE MONEY AND SPEND MONEY AND OUR ECONOMY WILL SPEND MR. PRES. I WOULD PROCEED TO OFFER THE A1 AMENDMENT THE A 21 21 AMENDMENT FOR CONSIDERATION. THANK YOU SEN. SENJEM OFFERS THE A 21 AMENDMENT THE 21 AMENDMENT THE SECRETARY WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT. SEN. SENJEM MOVES TO AMEND SENATE FILE 3463 AS FOLLOWS 3,463 AS FOLLOWS PAGE 4 LINE 4 LINE 4 DELETE THIS IS THE A 21 AMENDMENT. 21 AMENDMENT. SEN. SENJEM. MR. PRES. THE A 21 AMENDMENT 21 AMENDMENT IS A HOUSEKEEPING AMENDMENT OFFERED TO US BY MMB WITH RESPECT TO SOME CLARIFICATIONS OF VARIOUS LANGUAGE IN THE DOCUMENT TO MAKE WHAT WE HAD LANGUAGE WISE IN THE DOCUMENT FUNCTION. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION ON THE A 21 AMENDMENT? SEEING NONE ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE, THOSE OPPOSED WILL TAKE A BRIEF PAUSE TO GET VOTES FROM THE OTHER LOCATIONS. RECEIVING A SUFFICIENT NUMBER OF VOTES THE MOTION PREVAILS THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. NEXT IS SEN. ANDERSON. THANK YOU MR. PRES. I WOULD LIKE TO OFFER THE A 12 AMENDMENT. 12 AMENDMENT. SEN. ANDERSON OFFERS THE A12 AMENDMENT THE SECRETARY WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT. SEN. ANDERSON WE DO NOT HAVE IN A 12 AMENDMENT. SEN. ANDERSON WE WILL FIND YOUR AMENDMENT AND WE WILL GO TO THE NEXT ONE NEXT IS SEN. JASINSKI. MR. PRES. I OFFER THE A 15 AMENDMENT. 15 AMENDMENT. SEN. JASINSKI OFFERS THE A 15 15 AMENDMENT THE SECRETARY WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT. SEN. JASINSKI MOVES TO AMEND SENATE FILE 3463 AS FOLLOWS 3,463 AS FOLLOWS PAGE 54 INSERT THIS IS THE A 15 AMENDMENT. 15 AMENDMENT. SEN. JASINSKI. THANK YOU MR. PRES. THIS IS A TECHNICAL HOUSEKEEPING AMENDMENT AS WELL. THE MINNEAPOLIS VETERANS HOME TRUST PROJECT WAS APPROVED IN 2017 $2,017 7.8 MILLION PROJECT WHAT THE AMENDMENT DOES IS TAKE THE UNSPENT PORTION OF THAT BILL AND USES IT FOR ASSET PRESERVATION AT VETERANS FACILITIES WITH THAT I WOULD STAND FOR QUESTIONS. THANK YOU SEN. JASINSKI SEN. SENJEM. MR. PRES. I AM FIND WITH THE AMENDMENT WE’VE HAD DISCUSSIONS ABOUT THIS WITH THE VETERANS HOME GROUP IT’S BEEN FINE IT’S AGREED-UPON. ANY MORE DISCUSSION ON THE AMENDMENT? SEEING NONE ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF THE AMENDMENT SAY AYE, THOSE OPPOSED WE WILL TAKE A BRIEF PAUSE TO COLLECT VOTES FROM THE OTHER LOCATIONS. HAVING RECEIVED A SUFFICIENT NUMBER OF VOTES THE MOTION PREVAILS THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. ANY MORE DISCUSSION? SEN. HAYDEN. THANK YOU MR. PRES. I WAS CONFERRING WITH COLLEAGUES I HAVE SOME BRIEF COMMENTS I THOUGHT SEN. DIBBLE’S OVERVIEW OF WHAT’S NOT IN THE BILL AND ITS PROCESS WAS ABSOLUTELY SPOT ON AS I WAS LISTENING CLOSELY ONE OF THE THINGS THAT CAME TO ME WAS SEN. NEWMAN’S CONVERSATION ABOUT EARMARKS AND SEN. NEWMAN IS ELOQUENT AS HE IS AND IS EXPERIENCED DECIDED EARMARKS OR WHAT WE THOUGHT WERE EARMARKS HE LOOKS AT THEM AS CONSTITUENT REQUESTS I THOUGHT ABOUT THAT I THOUGHT THAT WAS GOOD CONSTITUENT REQUESTS SO MR. PRES. I STARTED THINKING IT AND LOOKING IN THE BILL OF ALL THE MINNESOTA CONSTITUENTS SO IN PARTICULAR I HAD TO GET PAPER TO LOOK AT I STARTED TO LOOK AT THINGS LIKE THE MINNEAPOLIS PARK AND RECREATION BOARD AND SEN. CHAMPION’S DISTRICT THIS IS A PART OF TOWN WERE PRETTY CONCERNED ABOUT PART OF THE STATE IN WHICH YOUNG PEOPLE NEED PLACES TO EXPAND SOME OF THE EXTRA ENERGY AND GET SOME THE HOMEWORK HELP THEY NEED WE AROUND HERE TALK ABOUT THE EDUCATION ACHIEVEMENT GAP THERE WAS TALK AROUND HERE OF A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO HELP WITH THAT ISSUE AS A MATTER OF FACT I RECEIVED A FEW REQUESTS ON FACEBOOK TO DEAL WITH THAT MEMBERS I WILL SAY THIS THE ISSUE OF EDUCATION IS HOLISTIC AND ALSO IS THE FACILITIES BECAUSE OTHER PLACES IN THE BILL I SAW THE NATIONAL SPORTS CENTER AND BLAINE GOT MONEY BUT SOMEHOW THE NORTH MINNEAPOLIS. SEN. HAYDEN I WOULD ASK WE KEEP THE CONVERSATIONS DOWN IN THE CHAMBER SEN. HAYDEN HAS THE FLOOR. THANK YOU MR. PRES. SOMEHOW IN THAT PART OF TOWN OR THAT REGION OF THE STATE THEY WERE ABLE TO GET THE NECESSARY RECREATIONAL AND ENRICHMENT TOOLS THEY NEED TO KEEP THAT FACILITY UP WHICH I SUPPORT BUT SOMEHOW IN NORTH MINNEAPOLIS THAT DIDN’T WORK OUT SO WELL. THERE ARE HUGE INFRASTRUCTURE IN SHOES IN MINNEAPOLIS WE NEED BUT I LOOKED ON THE LIST IN THOSE CONSTITUENTS GOT NOTHING THE CONSTITUENTS REQUESTED DIDN’T GET ANYTHING MR. CHAIR WE TALK A LOT ABOUT WE SPENT A LOT OF TIME ESPECIALLY IN THE CYCLE TALKING ABOUT TODAY WE TALK ABOUT COVID 19 IT’S KIND 19 IT’S KIND OF OVERWHELMED US BUT LAST YEAR AND IS NOT GOING ANYWHERE THE ISSUE OF OPIOIDS THE ISSUE OF OPIOID ISSUES IN OUR COMMUNITIES I WILL TELL YOU SOME OF THE MOST DEVASTATED COMMUNITIES THAT ARE DEALING WITH THIS ISSUE OF OPIOIDS AND HAS BEEN FOR A LONG TIME BEFORE IT GOT POPULAR IN THE PILL FORM BUT WHAT USED TO BE ABLE TO SHOOT IT IN YOUR ARM WAS COMMUNITIES LIKE MINE IN THE NATIVE AMERICAN COMMUNITY AND AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY MR. CHAIR WE HAVE A SERIES OF PROPOSALS WE ASK THE STATE WOULD HELP TO FUND CLINICS THAT HELP WITH CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY HEALTH AND MENTAL HEALTH IS A BUZZWORD AROUND HERE THE NATIVE AMERICAN COMMUNITY CLINIC THE AMERICAN INDIAN CENTER, THEY GOT NOTHING THOSE CONSTITUENTS THOSE CONSTITUENT REQUESTS DIDN’T GET A THING AS A MATTER FACT THE GOV. EARMARKED $30 $30 MILLION HE SAID HE NEEDED TO INVEST IN THESE COMMUNITIES WHICH EACH AND EVERY DAY ARE SUFFERING OF THE WEIGHT OF ADDICTION BUT LET’S GET BACK TO COVID 19 THAT’S ALSO OUTSIDE UNFORTUNATELY OUR FOLKS THAT ARE LIVING IN CONGREGANT AND LONG-TERM HOME SETTINGS THE NEXT GROUP THAT GETS HIT OUR AFRICAN-AMERICAN AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLE AND WERE LOOKING FOR SUPPORT TO BE ABLE TO SUPPORT THEM SO WE CAN ONLY FLATTENED THE CURVE BUT WE CAN DO THE PREVENTION FOR THEM TO GET THOSE CONSTITUENTS AND THOSE REQUESTS FALL UPON DEAF EARS. I’VE BEEN AROUND HERE A LITTLE BIT AND ONE OF THE THINGS I KNOW THE MINORITY CERTAINLY THIS IS WHERE WE HAVE TO HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF CONVERSATION I KNOW LAST YEAR REPRESENTED DAUDT SAID NO ONE TALK TO HIM SO WE DIDN’T GET A BILL O THIS YEAR SEN. SENJEM PUTS A BILL IN FRONT OF US WITHOUT MUCH INPUT SEN. PAPPAS SAID SHE INVITED HIM FOR A WALK AVAILABLE BLOCK APART AND DIDN’T HEAR MUCH FROM SEN. SENJEM SO I KNOW HE HAS A LOT OF DUTIES AROUND HERE MAYBE WAS OCCUPIED THINGS HAVE CHANGED AROUND HERE MAYBE WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING NOT EVEN A ZOOM CALL TO TALK ABOUT WHAT THE MINORITY NEEDS. MR. PRES. AND MY FRIENDS HERE IN THE SENATE I THINK IT REMINDS ME OF WHAT MY GRANDMOTHER SAID THEY SAID WHAT’S GOOD FOR THE GOOSE IS GOOD FOR THE GANDER SO IF IT’S GOOD FOR YOU IT SHOULD BE GOOD FOR US I LOOK AT MY FRIEND SEN. HAWJ WHO PASSIONATELY PLEADED WITH US TO GO AFTER MICRO BUSINESSES TO MAKE SURE THESE MALLS MANY ARE IN MY DISTRICT AS WELL GET TREATED EQUALLY AS THE BIG COMPANIES I’VE HEARD MY FRIENDS IN THE GOP TALK ABOUT MAINSTREET AND HOW THE BIG BOXES ARE GETTING IN UNPAIRED VANTAGE I WILL TELL YOU THE MAIN STREETS IN MY COMMUNITY FEEL THE SAME WAY WE HAVE FOR A VERY LONG TIME SO SEN. SENJEM I’M HOPEFUL WE ARE GOING TO GET DONE WITH THIS ASPECT OF IT AND SIT DOWN WITH OUR MINORITY LEADS AND WERE GOING TO HAMMER SOMETHING OUT THAT’S EQUITABLE. SEN. SENJEM HAS DONE THAT BEFORE HE’S FUNDED THINGS IMPORTANT INITIATIVES IN MY COMMUNITY THERE WAS A POOL THAT WAS DILAPIDATED AND NO ONE ONE COULD SWIM IN IT THAT SEN. SENJEM AND SEN. ROSEN HELPED TO FUND SO HE KNOWS THEY KNOW THE WORK WE NEED TO DO IN MY COMMITTEE I HAVE FAITH I WANTED TO MAKE SURE I DON’T WANT TO GET TO A POINT WHERE YOU DON’T WANT TO DO IT BECAUSE MAYBE I’M PUSHING TOO MUCH I WANTED TO HIGHLIGHT THOSE THINGS I WAS REALLY TAKEN BY SEN. NEWMAN’S CONSTITUENT REQUESTS I WANTED TO POINT OUT A FEW OF THOSE CONSTITUENT REQUESTS THE HOUSE AND GOV. THOUGHT WAS IMPORTANT THAT SOMEHOW DIDN’T GET IN THE BILL WITHOUT FURTHER DELAY I KNOW WE HAVE A LOT OF WORK TO DO YET I WON’T DRAG THIS ON MR. PRES. I’M HOPING WE CAN SIT DOWN OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF HOURS AND PUT SOMETHING TOGETHER THE MINORITY THE MINORITY CAN GET BEHIND AND WE CAN PASS A ROBUST BONDING BILL THAT WOULD BE GOOD FOR ALL OF MINNESOTA THANK YOU MR. PRES. THANK YOU IS SEN. ISAACSON THEN SEN. OSMEK. MR. PRES. I KNOW MY FRIENDS ON MY SIDE OF THE AISLE HAVE BEEN WAITING PATIENTLY FOR YOU FOR ME TO GET MY PRO HIGHER EDUCATION SPEECH. I HAVE TO TELL YOU I BEEN ON HIGHER EDUCATION FOR A FEW YEARS AND I’VE STRUGGLED WITH SOME OF THE INCONSISTENCIES I SEE AND I DON’T WANT TO PUT THIS ON THE GOP THIS TIME I LIKE TO DO THAT BUT THIS TIME IT’S NOT A GOP PROBLEM IT’S THE WAY WE BOND PROBLEM. WE LOOK AT A DECLINE OVER THE LAST SINCE 2000 WHERE 2000 WHERE WE’VE DECLINED ALMOST 20% 15 – 20% IN TERMS OF HOW MUCH WE BONDED FOR HEAPR THE ASSET PRESERVATION AND I KNOW WE UNDERSTAND THERE SOME REAL NEEDS THERE SEN. ANDERSON AND I SPENT SOME TIME THIS SUMMER WE WENT THROUGH THE CHEMISTRY LAB AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA I DON’T KNOW IF YOU’VE SEEN THE ROBERT DOWNEY JUNIOR SHAKESPEARE OR MOVIES WHERE HE WAS WORKING IT WAS IN 1800 THERE WERE LABS THAT’S WHAT IT REMINDED ME OF WHERE WE TALK ABOUT THEIR LABS LOOK LIKE THEY WERE LITERALLY OUT OF THOSE SCENES THEY WERE SO OLD AND SO UNSAFE IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES THERE CREATED AND WERE SO NEGATIVE THAT LEARNING IS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE AT A TIER ONE RESEARCH INSTITUTE IT WAS SHERLOCK HOLMES I DON’T KNOW WHY THAT EVADED ME. I WILL SAY THERE ARE SEVERAL CONCERNS I HAVE ABOUT WHAT WE’VE DONE TO MAKE SURE WE ARE TAKING CARE OF THE ASSETS WE HAVE IN OUR HIGHER EDUCATION SYSTEM. I’VE HEARD TIME AND AGAIN WHEN THEY COME TO US AND TELL US THE STORIES OF THESE BUILDINGS AND I HAD THE CHANCE TO CATCH A CLASS FOR A DAY IN THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA DULUTH AND WAS IN ONE OF THEIR ONE OF THEIR BUILDINGS ALL THE STAFF WAS TALKING ABOUT HOW THE BUILDING WAS NEVER MEANT TO BE FOR CLASSROOMS AND IT WAS FALLING APART IT WAS INADEQUATE IN SOME CASES IT WAS BORDERLINE UNSAFE. ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF A BUILDING WE’VE NOT BEEN ABLE TO FIX MODERNIZE OR UPDATE. I THINK ON ONE LEVEL WE CANNOT RESONATE WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE IN A SITUATION LIKE THAT WHEN I WAS IN COLLEGE ITEM BUILDING I HAD TO GO TO CLASSES AND THAT WAS THE SAME SITUATION AND IT IS AN UNSAFE UNHEALTHY ENVIRONMENT BUT THE PROBLEM THAT BOTHERS ME IS HOW CLEARLY PHYSICALLY IRRESPONSIBLE IT IS NOT TO TAKE CARE OF THESE THINGS IN FRONT SO WHEN YOU HAVE BONDING FOR HEAPR THESE THINGS COST THIS MUCH MONEY TO FIX NOW BUT IF WE DON’T BOND FOR NOW AND BANDAGE IT UP TILL NEXT IT’S GOING TO COST INCREMENTALLY MORE AND EVERY YEAR WE DON’T BOND FOR THESE THINGS WE INCREMENTALLY THE PRICE TAG GOES UP SO WE ARE LITERALLY BORROWING AGAINST THE FUTURE AND COSTING WAY MORE MONEY DOWN THE ROAD TO TAKE CARE OF THESE ASSETS THAN IT WOULD IF WE HAD DONE IT RIGHT NOW IN A GOOD TIME TO BOND. ON TOP OF ALL THOSE THINGS ON TOP OF THOSE THINGS WE’VE ALLOWED THIS NOW TO PROGRESS OVER THE LAST 20 YEARS TO THE POINT WHERE IT’S ALMOST OUT OF CONTROL I REMEMBER I ASKED IN COMMITTEE A COUPLE OF TIMES IN DIFFERENT YEARS WHAT WOULD IT TAKE TO GET US TO THE POINT WHERE WE WERE TO MAKE THIS WHOLE YOU LITERALLY WOULDN’T HAVE TO COME BACK AND ASKED TO BOND FOR THIS AGAIN IT WAS SEVERAL BILLIONS DOLLARS JUST TO GET US TO THE POINT IN WHICH WE’RE ACTUALLY MANAGING AND TAKING CARE OF THESE BUILDINGS. FOLKS WE HAVE A LOT OF SCHOOLS AROUND HERE REALLY GOOD SCHOOLS IN OUR STATE PRIDES ITSELF ON ITS EDUCATION YOU HEARD ME TALK ON THE FLOOR TIME AND AGAIN ABOUT HOW IMPORTANT IT IS FOR US TO MAINTAIN AND TAKE CARE OF OUR EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM BECAUSE IT’S ONE OF THE REASONS WHY WERE ABLE TO DO WHAT WE DO TO BE SO SUCCESSFUL AS A STATE IT’S ONE OF THE PILLAR FOUNDATIONS OF THAT. WHAT I’M CONCERNED ABOUT IS WE CONTINUE TO IGNORE THAT LIKE THAT DOESN’T HAVE A RELEVANT PART IN THE DISCUSSION I KNOW IT’S NOT SEXY AND EXCITING OR IMPORTANT IN THE EYES OF WERE NOT GETTING TONS OF LETTERS IT DOESN’T NECESSARILY DRIVE THE TOP PUBLIC OPINION BUT IT’S LITERALLY METAPHORICALLY THE INFRASTRUCTURE OF OUR STATE OF OUR LEARNING IT’S LITERALLY METAPHORICALLY STATE OF OUR FOUNDATION OF EDUCATION AND HOW WELL WE VALUE OUR SCHOOLS THE SCHOOLS ARE PROVIDING SUCH AN IMPORTANT FUNCTION IN OUR ENTIRE COMMUNITY AND CULTURAL SETTING AND WE CONTINUE TO LET THESE THINGS GO BY WE CONTINUE TO NOT FUND AND TAKE CARE OF THESE THINGS BECAUSE AT SOME POINT SOMEONE GETS AFRAID OF A DOLLAR FIGURE WE NEVER BOND EVEN CLOSE TO THE AMOUNT WE SHOULD BOND FOR I’M NOT SAYING WE MAX THAT OUT I DON’T THINK THAT’S RESPONSIBLE WERE IN A POSITION TO BOND THAT HAS NOT ONLY A GREAT EFFECT A SIDE EFFECT OF CREATING JOBS AND STIMULATING THE ECONOMY AT SOME LEVEL BUT IT ALSO KEEPS OUR SCHOOLS IN GOOD SHAPE KEEPS OUR RESPONSIBILITIES OF OUR BUILDINGS IN GOOD SHAPE THAT JUST MAKES SENSE ESPECIALLY IF WE KNOW WERE GOING TO DO IT AT SOME POINT SO I CAN DO IT FOR A DOLLAR TODAY OR $10 NEXT WEEK ANY AVERAGE PERSON WOULD SAY WE SHOULD DO IT FOR A DOLLAR TODAY. GO AROUND THE STATE THINK ABOUT IT AND GO AROUND THE STATE THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA MINNESOTA MORRIS, YOU CAN GO TO MANKATO ST. CLOUD, MOREHEAD STATE UNIVERSITY I DON’T THINK THEY CALL THAT ANYMORE THE IDEA IS THE SCHOOLS ALL HAVE BUILDINGS THAT ARE LITERALLY FALLING APART THEY’RE NOT SAFE THEY’RE NOT ADEQUATE THEY DON’T MEET THE NEEDS WE HAVE WITH THE WORKFORCE WE HAVE TODAY FOR THE EDUCATIONAL SITUATION WERE IN IN TERMS OF TAKING CARE OF AND PROVIDING FOR STUDENTS TO GOING TO THE WORKFORCE I CAN’T STRESS ENOUGH THE ONE EXPERIENCE I HAD AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA AT THE CHEMISTRY LAB IT WAS LIKE WALKING ONTO THE SET OF THAT SHERLOCK HOLMES MOVIE AND HAD THE SAME KIND OF BEAKERS AND EVERYTHING YOU MAY IMAGINE AND IT LOOKED JUST AS DUSTY AND OLD AS IT DID IN THE MOVIE. THEY WALKED US THROUGH WHAT IS IT LIKE DURING THE CLASS AND THEY SAID OUT ON FUNCTIONAL WAS BECAUSE THE SCHOOL AND THAT BUILDING WAS BUILT FOR TEACHING CHEMISTRY IN THE 1940S. IT’S NOT SAFE WE DON’T HAVE ENOUGH PEOPLE WATCHING THESE KIDS AS THEY WORK WITH CHEMICALS INTO THEIR EXPERIMENTS THE WAY IT’S SET UP THEY PUT THE KIDS IN A SITUATION WHETHER HAVING TO GO INTO THE HALLWAY AND SIT DOWN ON THE GROUND TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY AND DO THEIR HOMEWORK THERE JUST SIMPLY ISN’T ENOUGH SPACE TO LET THEM DO THE BASICS THINGS THEY DO THIS ISN’T AT A COMMUNITY COLLEGE NO OFFENSE TO MY FRIENDS IT’S NOT A MIN STATE SCHOOL IT’S A TIER 1 INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED ONE INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED RESEARCH INSTITUTION. ONE THAT ONE THAT IS KNOWN TO BRING WAY MORE DOLLARS INTO OUR STATE THEN WE SPEND ON IT. THEY NEED HELP MAKING SURE WE TAKE CARE OF THE ASSETS THEY HAVE THEIR AND THIS BILL IT JUST FALLS SHORT OF THAT I WANT TO BE CLEAR THIS IS IMPORTANT WE UNDERSTAND THIS THIS ISN’T A CRITIQUE OF SEN. SENJEM AND THAT SENATE GOP WHEN YOU LOOK AT THAT THE CHART THAT WALKS US BACKWARDS FROM TOP TO BOTTOM AND WALKS BACKWARDS TO THE YEAR 2000 THE CHART SHOWS WHEN EVERYONE WHO WAS EVER IN CONTROL THAT WAS A DIFFICULT NOT TO CRACK REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT GOV. OR LEADERS IT’S A TOUGH ONE TO CRACK I REALIZE THE BONDING BILL IS A UNIQUE ANIMAL BECAUSE WHAT IT REQUIRES TO PASS AND A LOT OF POLITICAL GAMES ARE PLAYED WITH IT HERE TOWARDS THE END BUT THAT DOESN’T MEAN WE SHOULD TAKE OUR EYE OFF THE BALL THAT DOESN’T MEAN WE SHOULD BE SUPPORTING OUR SCHOOLS DOESN’T MEAN WE SHOULDN’T BE PUTTING THE VALUE INTO THE SCHOOLS THAT’S SO IMPORTANT WHEN I LOOK AT WHAT THIS BILL DOES AND WHAT WE HAVE FAILED TO DO I’M CONCERNED ABOUT HOW WELL WHERE MANAGING AND TAKING CARE OF OUR ASSETS IN HIGHER EDUCATION WE DO NOT UNDERSTAND THE SERIOUSNESS OF THE GRAVITY OF THE SITUATION THAT WE’VE ALLOWED THESE BUILDINGS TO GO INTO SUCH DISREPAIR SUCH DISREPAIR LET ME BE CLEAR IT’S EASY THING TO THINK ABOUT WE CAN FIX AN OLDER BUILDING AND MAKE IT WORK OR LET IT RUN ITSELF OUT AND BUILD A NEWER BUILDING AND SPEND FIVE FIVE TIMES AS MUCH MONEY IT DOESN’T MAKE SENSE FINANCIALLY OR WE CAN FIX A BUILDING NOW AND IT COSTS US ECZEMA OF DOLLARS AND GUESS WHAT WE CAN FIX IT LATER AND IT COSTS WAY MORE IN MONEY I’LL TELL YOU IT’S A REAL CONCERN I HAVE FOR THE WAY WE THINK ABOUT BONDING SO I THINK IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT AND I HOPE SEN. SENJEM HEARS ME ON THIS AND SEN. SENJEM THIS IS NOT THE FAULT OF ONE BONDING CHAIR AND I’M NOT PICKING ON YOU I’M SAYING WE NEED TO BE SERIOUS AND HERE’S WHAT THE PROBLEM IS WE NEED TO BE INTENTIONAL ABOUT SAYING THIS WILL BE ONE OF OUR ONE OF OUR PRIORITIES TAKING CARE OF THAT I GET IT IT’S ONE ONE OF MILLIONS OF PRIORITIES I WANT THIS ONE TO RISE A LITTLE HIGHER AND BE TAKEN A LITTLE MORE SERIOUSLY BECAUSE OF NOT SURE WERE DOING THAT NOW AND I’M CONCERNED WITH THAT’S GOING TO MEAN FOR OUR FUTURE THE QUALITY OF OUR EDUCATION AND FRANKLY AT THE AMOUNT OF MONEY WERE GOING TO HAVE TO SPEND GOING FORWARD. THERE’S GOING TO BE A LOT OF MONEY WE HAVE TO SPEND GOING FORWARD TO MAKE SURE WE CATCH UP WITH THE BUILDINGS WERE BEHIND ON THINK ABOUT THIS WE COULD BOND FOR $1 $1 BILLION NOW AND STILL BE $3 $3 BILLION BEHIND THAT’S BECAUSE WE’VE KICKED THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD YEAR IN AND YEAR OUT IT’S COMPETING PRIORITIES I GET THAT BUT AT SOME POINT WE HAVE TO SAY ENOUGH IS ENOUGH WERE GOING TO TAKE CARE OF THESE THINGS WE OWN WE TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR I’M PROUD OF OUR LAKES I’M PROUD OF OUR RIVERS PROUD OF OUR PARKS I’M PROUD OF ALL PARTS OF MINNESOTA THIS IS ONE PART WE CAN’T BE AS PROUD OF AND THAT’S A SAD STATEMENT SO I WANT TO ENCOURAGE ALL MY FRIENDS IN THE SENATE AND ANYONE ELSE WHO’S LISTENING WE NEED TO TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY AND SUPPORT HIGHER EDUCATION ASSET PRESERVATION IF WE DON’T DO THAT WE ARE SETTING OURSELVES UP FOR FAILURE LATER OR WILL LOSE THE BUILDINGS AND GUESS WHAT BUILDING A NEW BUILDING IS MORE EXPENSIVE THAN TAKING CARE OF THE OLD BUILDING THANK YOU MR. PRES. THANK YOU SEN. ISAACSON IS SEN. ANDERSON. THANK YOU MR. PRES. I WILL TRY THIS ANOTHER TIME I WOULD LIKE TO OFFER THE A 12 AMENDMENT. 12 AMENDMENT. SEN. ANDERSON OFFERS THE A12 AMENDMENT THE SECRETARY WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT. SEN. ANDERSON MOVES TO AMEND SENATE FILE 3463 AS FOLLOWS 3,463 AS FOLLOWS PAGE 48 INSERT THIS IS THE A12 AMENDMENT. SEN. ANDERSON. THANK YOU MR. PRES. THIS IS SENATE FILE 3665 WHICH WAS 3,665 WHICH WAS HEARD IN THE HIRE EDUCATION COMMITTEE AND IN FINANCE COMMITTEE IT AUTHORIZES THE UNIVERSITY MINNESOTA TO REFINANCE DEBT TAKEN UP BY THE UNIVERSITY TO CONSTRUCT THE BIOMEDICAL DISC EVERY DISTRICT BUILDINGS ON THE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS. IT WOULD FURTHER ALLOW THE UNIVERSITY TO CAPTURE THE SAVINGS FROM THE REFINANCING SITE ACQUISITION ANDE DESIGN PRECONSTRUCTION OF THE CLINICAL RESEARCH FACILITY ON THE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS. IN 2008 THE 2008 THE STATE OF MINNESOTA AUTHORIZED AN ANNUAL APPROPRIATION TO THE UNIVERSITY TO SUPPORT DEBT SERVICE ON THE BIOMEDICAL DISCOVERY DISTRICT PROJECT OUR STEAMED COLLEAGUE SEN. COHEN WAS THE AUTHOR IN THE SENATE ON THAT BILL. THE STATE TOOK THE APPROACH VERSUS AN APPROPRIATION OF GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS THE UNIVERSITY THEN ISSUED THE BONDS AND CONSTRUCTED THE PROJECT IN THE STATE APPROPRIATION SERVICES THE DEBT. THE PROJECT IS DOUBTFULLY BUILT AND FUNCTIONING AS A PREMIER RESEARCH FACILITY OR THE STATE. ACCORDING TO CURRENT CAPITAL MARKET RATES IF WE DO THIS REFINANCING THE UNIVERSITY CAN SAVE APPROXIMATELY $1.7 MILLION PER YEAR ON THE STATE APPROPRIATION TOTALING $28 $28 MILLION IN SAVINGS OVER THE REMAINING LIFE OF THE BONDS THE UNIVERSITY ALSO REQUESTS AUTHORIZATION TO CAPTURE THE SAVINGS FROM THE REFINANCING AND APPLY TO COMPLETION OF DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS ACQUIRE LAND AND BEGIN SITE PREPARATION AND PRECONSTRUCTION SERVICES FOR THE CLINICAL RESEARCH FACILITY ASSUMING TAXABLE DEBT IS ISSUED THE UNIVERSITY WOULD BE ABLE TO ISSUE APPROXIMATELY $22 MILLION $22 MILLION IN NEW DEBT WITH THE ANNUAL SAVINGS. THE CLINICAL RESEARCH FACILITY IS A KEY COMPONENT OF THE UNIVERSITY’S PLAN TO INCREASE THE MEDICAL SCHOOL RANKINGS BY INCREASING PATIENT ACCESS TO CLINICAL TRIALS AND GATHERING DATA FROM PATIENT VISITS TO IMPROVE CLINICAL OUTCOMES. THE NEW CLINICAL RESEARCH FACILITY WILL CONNECT A BROAD ARRAY OF CLINICAL RESEARCH UNITS AND ACTIVITIES FROM ACROSS THE UNIVERSITY PROVIDING CONSOLIDATED HOME FOR THE CLINICAL TRENDS RELATIONAL SENATE AND PROVIDES NEW CLINICS THAT FACILITATE PATIENT PARTICIPATION IN CLINICAL RESEARCH THIS LEGISLATION WILL AUTHORIZE THE UNIVERSITY TO REFINANCE THE BONDS AS WELL AS USE THE SAVINGS ON THE CRF PROJECT THEREBY TAKING THE PROJECT OFF THE UNIVERSITY LEGISLATIVE REQUEST LIST WITHOUT THE ISSUANCE OF ADDITIONAL GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS. MR. PRES. I’VE HAD CONVERSATIONS WITH SEN. SENJEM AND SEN. PAPPAS IS AWARE AS WELL I BELIEVE THEY’RE BOTH IN SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT AND I WOULD STAND FOR ANY QUESTIONS. THANK YOU SEN. SENJEM. THANK YOU MR. PRES. I WOULD CERTAINLY CONCUR WITH THIS IS SOMETHING WE TALKED ABOUT I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA AS THEY EMBARK ON THIS PROJECT THE BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH FACILITY THESE ARE COMPLICATED BUILDINGS IT’S GOING TO TAKE SEVERAL YEARS TO DESIGN THIS BUILDING IF HER GOING TO DO IT NOW IS THE TIME TO START THIS IS IN MY MIND MONEY THIS LEGISLATURE HAS IF YOU APPROPRIATE TO THE UNIVERSITY MINNESOTA TO WORK WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF THEIR ORGANIZATION TO DO WHAT THEY NEED TO DO AND BUILD A STRONG UNIVERSITY WITH RESPECT TO THIS BUILDING THAT WILL MAKE THE INTEREST OF THE MINNESOTA STRONGER THANK YOU. THANK YOU SEN. SENJEM SEN. HAYDEN. THANK YOU MR. PRES. I KNOW WE HAD HEARD THIS PROPOSAL IN THE FINANCE COMMITTEE I AM SPEAKING ON BEHALF OF OF SOME OF US THERE BUT MAYBE NOT ALL MY CAUCUS I’M A LITTLE CONCERNED ABOUT THIS ISSUE I KNOW THEY WANT TO REFINANCE AND TAKE THE CAPTURED SAVINGS AND PUT THAT INTO OTHER NEEDED ISSUES ARE IDEAS AT THE UNIVERSITY AND WE KNOW THESE ARE IMPORTANT THINGS THEY WANT TO DO MR. PRES. I WILL REMIND YOU IN MINNEAPOLIS I GAVE YOU A SPEECH IN PARTICULAR WAS THINKING OF SEN. CHAMPION’S DISTRICT IN NORTH MINNEAPOLIS WE CAN’T GET THE FIRST BITE AT THE APPLE MUSCLE LESS GET ANOTHER ONE IN ONE IN REFINANCE AND START ANOTHER PROJECT THE STATE IS ALREADY PAID FOR THIS IF WE START TO DO THIS THIS IS DEFINITELY A SLIPPERY SLOPE THEN EVERYONE MIGHT BE ABLE TO DO THIS TO SAY THERE’S AN EXTRA SAVINGS HERE THE BOND RATING IS LOW WE CAN REFINANCE WE DON’T WANT TO PAY IT OFF WE DON’T WANT TO PAIR MAGGOTS OFF WANT TO REFINANCE AND BY ANOTHER BUILDING. THAT MIGHT BE A GOOD IDEA MAYBE THAT’S WHAT THE UNIVERSITY MIGHT NEED BUT THERE SO MANY OTHER NEEDS IN OUR COMMUNITY THERE SO MANY OTHER THINGS I’VE HAD THIS CONVERSATION WITH THE UNIVERSITY YOU KNOW WITH THE BOARD OF REGENTS AND THE FORMER PRESIDENT AND GIVEN OUR NEW PRESIDENT GABEL A LITTLE ROOM TO MOVE BUT THE UNIVERSITY IS IN SERVING THESE COMMUNITIES VERY WELL MR. PRES. I DON’T THINK THIS IS A GOOD IDEA FOR A LOT OF REASONS I DON’T THINK IT’S EQUITABLE OR FAIR. THANK YOU SEN. HAYDEN SEN. PAPPAS TO THE AMENDMENT. THANK YOU MR. PRES. MEMBERS ARE RISE TO SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT. I’VE BEEN A LONGTIME SUPPORTER OF THE UNIVERSITY AND THEIR MEDICAL FACILITIES AND THE RESEARCH FACILITIES AND I THINK THIS IS A WISE MOVE AT THIS TIME ON THE OTHER HAND I AGREE WITH SEN. HAYDEN THERE’S A LOT TO BE DESIRED IN THIS BILL IN TERMS OF EQUITY PROJECTS. THANK YOU SEN. PAPPAS ANY OTHER DISCUSSION ON THE A12 AMENDMENT? SEEING NONE ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SIGNIFY BY SAYING AYE THOSE OPPOSED WE WILL TAKE A BRIEF PAUSE WHILE WE TAKE VOTES IN THE OTHER LOCATIONS. HAVING RECEIVED A SUFFICIENT NUMBER OF VOTES THE MOTION PREVAILS THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. SEN. PAPPAS. MR. CHAIR I THINK THERE ARE OTHER MEMBERS WHO WANT TO SPEAK BEFORE I OFFERED THE AMENDMENT I THINK SEN. MARTY OR SEN. DIBBLE. THANK YOU MR. PRES. YOU HURT MY EARLIER REMARKS ABOUT HOW EXTRAORDINARY THE BILL IS IN THE KIND OF PRESSURE THAT’S BEING PLACED ON THE TRUNK HIGHWAY FUND TO SUPPORT THIS EXTRAORDINARY LEVEL OF BONDING AT A TIME WITH DECLINING REVENUES AND PERUSING THE BACK OF THE BILL AND SINCE I MADE MY REMARKS I’VE STUMBLED ACROSS SOMETHING IS TRULY REMARKABLE SOMETHING I DON’T KNOW I’VE SEEN IN A BONDING BILL AND THAT HIS REDUCTIONS IN THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION BUDGET THE BUDGET WE ADOPTED LAST YEAR. THE REDUCTIONS TO APPROPRIATIONS FROM THE TRUNK HIGHWAY FUND IN ORDER TO SUPPORT THIS INCREDIBLE LEVEL OF PRESSURE WE ARE PUTTING ON THE TRUNK HIGHWAY FUND WITH THE PRESSURE NOT ONLY ARE NOT FOLLOWING THE ADVICE AND COUNSEL OF THE COMMISSIONER OF TRANSPORTATION TO NOT DO THIS EXTRAORDINARY LEVEL OF FUNDING THROUGH BORROWING USING THE CREDIT CARD BUT WE ARE DOING SO BY MAKING CUTS WERE MAKING CUTS TO THE EXISTING SERVICES AND FRANKLY THOSE KINDS OF THINGS THAT DELIVER MORE JOBS BECAUSE WE KNOW WHEN THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION GOES OUT AND RENOVATES AND REHABILITATES AND FIXES OUR 60-YEAR-OLD AGING ROLE WAY AND BRIDGE INFRASTRUCTURE THAT AS I DESCRIBED BEFORE IS MORE JOBS THAN GOING OUT AND LAYING DOWN THE ROADS AND NEW ASPHALT THE FIX-IT AND REPAIR POLICIES WHICH ARE GOING TO BE CUT BY THESE CUTS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION BUDGET WILL SUPPORT PRESSURE ON THE TRUNK HIGHWAY FUND THAT IT CANNOT BEAR BECAUSE OF DECLINING REVENUE SUPPORTED BY THE EXISTING APPROPRIATIONS TO THE PROGRAMS AND SERVICES THAT WE’VE ALREADY APPROPRIATED SO WERE DOING SOME BUDGET WORK MR. PRES. AND WE ARE GOING BACK AND UNWINDING THE BUDGET WE ADOPTED TO SUPPORT BORROWING MONEY AND PUTTING ADDITIONAL FINANCING AND BONDING PRESSURE FOR A WHOLE BUNCH OF PROJECTS THAT AREN’T EVEN GOING TO HAPPEN SO MEMBERS TAKE A LOOK AT PAGES 61 AND 62 LOOK AT THE CUTS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION CUTS COMING OUT OF CUTTING FROM JOBS COMING FROM THE WORK THAT LOCAL CONTRACTORS DO AROUND THE STATE TO SUPPORT AN EXTRAORDINARY LEVEL OF BORROWING AGAINST A DIMINISHING FUND FOR PROJECTS THAT WERE NOT GOING TO DELIVER THANK YOU. THANK YOU SEN. DIBBLE TO SEN. MARTY. THANK YOU MR. PRES. I WANTED TO SPEAK BRIEFLY ABOUT THE HOUSING ISSUE AND CONCERNS ABOUT THIS BILL THE PANDEMIC IS CLEARLY EXPOSED THE HOUSING CRISIS IT DID NOT CREATED IT MADE IT WORSE BUT THERE WAS NO DOUBT ABOUT IT A HUGE CRISIS IN MINNESOTA NOT ONLY FOR A COLD STATE HAVING A LOT OF HOMELESS PEOPLE IN GROWING NUMBERS OF HOMELESS PEOPLE BUT HUGE NUMBERS OF PEOPLE WHO CAN’T AFFORD THEIR HOUSING OR ART COUCH HOPPING AND OTHER THINGS OUR HOMELESS PROBLEMS AND ARE VULNERABLE HE HOUSED PEOPLE PROBLEM IS A CRISIS WE TALK ABOUT HEALTH YOU WANT TO HELP PEOPLE WITH CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY TREATMENT YOU WANT TO HELP THEM WITH MENTAL HEALTH CHALLENGES AND SO ON THE FIRST THING YOU HAVE TO DO IS STABILIZE THEIR HOUSING IN THE HOMES FOR ALL COALITION WHICH IS A POSITIVE STEP FORWARD IN MINNESOTA TO HAVE ALL HOUSING ADVOCACY GROUPS THE FAITH GROUPS ISAIAH AND OTHERS COMING FORWARD MICAH COMING FORWARD AND SAYING WE WANT TO HAVE HOUSING POLICY THAT TAKES CARE OF HOMES FOR ALL PEOPLE IN THE HOMES FOR ALL COALITION THEY FORMED CAME OUT THEY WERE ASKING FOR $400 $400 MILLION IN HOUSING INFRASTRUCTURE BONDS ANOTHER $100 MILLION THEY WERE ASKING FOR IN PUBLIC HOUSING I HAVE HEARD ESTIMATES THE PUBLIC HOUSING IN DULUTH ST. PAUL AND MINNEAPOLIS ALONE HAVE A BACKLOG OF MAINTENANCE PROBLEMS CLOSE TO HALF $1 BILLION IN WORK NEEDED. I SEE IN THE BILL THERE’S A TOTAL OF $2 MILLION $2 MILLION FOR PUBLIC HOUSING REHABILITATION NOT $100 MILLION $100 MILLION OR $500 MILLION $500 MILLION BUT 2 MILLION FOR 2 MILLION FOR HOUSING INFRASTRUCTURE BONDS AND $200 $200 MILLION IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE HOMES FOR ALL COALITION WAS ASKING THE GOV. AND HOUSE TO HAVE $200 MILLION HOMES FOR ALL COALITION WAS ASKING FOR 400 MILLION N AND THERE IS A ZERO HERE EMERGENCY SHELTERS THERE’S A ZERO HERE I THINK YOU WOULD ASSUME BY READING THIS BILL WE HAVE NO HOUSING PROBLEM WERE VERY VERY MINIMAL HOUSING PROBLEM AND THAT’S A SEVERE CRISIS SEVERE DEFECT IN THIS BILL TO ME IF WE DON’T TAKE CARE OF HOUSING WERE NEVER GOING TO GET A HANDLE ANOTHER HEALTHCARE MENTAL HEALTH OTHER CHALLENGES WITHOUT FIRST ADDRESSING THAT AND IF WE WEREN’T IN THE MIDDLE OF THE HOUSING CRISIS MAYBE $2 MILLION $2 MILLION WOULD BE ENOUGH BUT WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF A CRISIS THAT’S ONLY BEEN MADE WORSE BY THE PANDEMIC SO I URGE MEMBERS TO REJECT THE BILL JUST F THE HOUSING ALONE IS ENOUGH REASON FOR DOING IT SHOULD BE RANKED AT THE TOP OF OUR PRIORITIES NOT AT THE BOTTOM WHEN WE GET A COUPLE OF MILLION DOLLARS OUT OF $1 BILLION BILL THANK YOU MR. CHAIR. SEN. SENJEM. MR. PRES. THANK YOU SEN. MARTY I DON’T DISAGREE AT ALL WITH ANYTHING YOU’VE SAID THEIR HOUSING IS VERY IMPORTANT THIS YEAR UNLIKE OTHER YEARS IS BEING HANDLED PER AGREEMENT WITH THE HOUSE AND SENATE OUTSIDE OF THE BONDING BILL I THINK REPRESENTATIVE HAUSMAN AND SEN. WEBER AND SEN. WESTROM AND MAYBE SEN. DRAHEIM ARE SOME OF THE PLAYERS I KNOW THAT ARE INVOLVED IN THE DISCUSSION WE WILL HEAR ABOUT THE HOUSING BILL LATER TONIGHT IT’S NOT OUTSIDE THE BONDING BILL BY INTENTION IT’S OUTSIDE BECAUSE THE DECISION HAS BEEN MADE TO HANDLE IT IN A SEPARATE VEHICLE. SEN. MARTY. MR. PRES. THANK YOU SEN. SENJEM I UNDERSTAND THE HOUSING INFRASTRUCTURE BONDS COULD BE HANDLED IN A SEPARATE BILL IT DOESN’T REQUIRE A SUPERMAJORITY OR ANYTHING BUT THE PUBLIC HOUSING THE ONLY WAY WERE GOING TO BE ABLE TO ADDRESS THAT IS THROUGH GEO BONDS THAT DOES REQUIRE IT THAT’S WHERE WE HAVE ONLY $2 MILLION COMPARED TO THE $60 MILLION FOR THE GOV. AND $48 MILLION FOR THE HOUSE TO ME THAT’S NOT CLOSE 60 OR 48 AND 48 AND THEN $2 MILLION I UNDERSTAND I HOPE THE HOUSING INFRASTRUCTURE BONDS CAN BE DEALT WITH SEPARATELY THE WERE RUNNING OUT OF DAYS I URGE THE SENATE TO PUT MORE MONEY INTO THIS BILL NOT JUST THE $2 $2 MILLION WE HAVE NOW THANK YOU MR. PRES. THANK YOU SEN. PAPPAS. MR. PRES. I WOULD OFFER THE A 19 AMENDMENT. 19 AMENDMENT. SEN. PAPPAS OFFERS THE A 19 19 AMENDMENT THE SECRETARY WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT. SEN. PAPPAS MOVES TO AMEND SENATE FILE 3463 AS FOLLOWS 3,463 AS FOLLOWS PAGE 47 DELETE THIS IS THE A 19 AMENDMENT. 19 AMENDMENT. THANK YOU MR. PRES. AND MEMBERS I KNOW IT’S DIFFICULT HERE WITH THE TECHNOLOGY I HOPE THE AMENDMENT IS POSTED AND THE SPREADSHEET IS AVAILABLE SO YOU CAN COMPARE AND SEE THE DIFFERENCES BECAUSE THIS IS WHAT I OFFERED IN THE CAPITAL INVESTMENT COMMITTEE WHICH WOULD BE A ROBUST A REALLY ROBUST BONDING BILL AND IF WE GET TO A POINT WHERE WE TAKE A VOTE ON THIS MR. PRES. I WOULD LIKE ROLLCALL VOTE. ROLLCALL REQUESTED AND ROLLCALL GRANTED. AN ASSET PRESERVATION IS NOT A REAL EXCITING TOPIC WE GRAVITATE TOWARDS THE NEW SHINY NEW BUILDING HOUSE WHATEVER ON THE CORNER BUT YOU MAY NOT FEEL IT’S EVEN IMPORTANT UNLESS OF COURSE YOUR ROOF IS LEAKING OR YOUR AIR-CONDITIONING IS GONE OUT AND IT’S 95 OR THE HEAT IS IN HOT AND YOU’RE WEARING YOUR COAT INDOORS WHICH IN SOME OF OUR CLASSROOMS HAPPENS WITH STUDENTS. THESE ARE THE BASICS AND PERHAPS WHEN IS THERE NOT A BETTER TIME THAN NOW MR. PRES. TO REALLY VALUE THE BASICS WE’VE BEEN HOME FOR SEVERAL MONTHS SO WE KNOW IF WE DON’T HAVE THE BASIC THINGS WE NEED THE FOOD THE SHELTER THE HEAT THE AIR CONDITIONING NOW IS THE WEATHER IS GETTING WARMER THAN IT’S A LITTLE BIT DIFFICULT FOR US IT MAY BE MORE THAN UNCOMFORTABLE SPECIALLY IF WE DON’T HAVE THE SHELTER WE NEED. ALL OF OUR STATE FACILITIES THAT WE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEY DESERVE THAT WE TAKE CARE OF THE BASICS THEY DESERVE IT BECAUSE OTHERWISE WHY DO WE HAVE THEM? SEN. ISAACSON TALKED ELOQUENTLY ABOUT WHAT WE CALL HEAPR IN THE HIRE EDUCATION WORLD OUR REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE FUND FOR HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS AND WHEN YOU LOOK AT WHAT IS IN THE SENJEM BILL FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA $55 MILLION IT SOUNDS LIKE A LOT OF MONEY BUT IN THIS AMENDMENT IT’S $125 $125 MILLION WHICH IS MUCH CLOSER TO WHAT THE UNIVERSITY HAS REQUESTED AND WHAT’S IN THE GOV.’S BILL. FOR OUR MINNESOTA STATE COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITIES ACROSS THE STATE $85 MILLION IN THE SENJEM BILL AND $142 $142 MILLION IN IN THIS AMENDMENT. MINNESOTA STATE ACADEMIES RESPONSIBLE FOR ASSET PRESERVATION WOULD MOVE FROM A MERE $1.5 MILLION TO OVER $5 $5 MILLION THE PERPICH CENTER FOR THE ARTS FROM ZERO TO AT LEAST $2 MILLION TO HELP WITH THEIR ASSET PRESERVATION. NATURAL RESOURCES HUGE DIFFERENCE ONLY $19 MILLION IN $19 MILLION IN THE SENJEM BILL WHILE $70 MILLION IN THIS AMENDMENT. JUST A FEW MORE PROJECTS MEMBERS I WANT TO POINT OUT WE TALKED ABOUT THE NEED FOR WASTEWATER FOR CLEAN WATER BUT IN THIS SENJEM BILL $14 MILLION TO THE POLLUTION CONTROL AGENCY AS OPPOSED TO $120 MILLION IN THIS AMENDMENT BECAUSE WHEN WE WERE TALKING ABOUT BEING SAFE BEING SAFE MEANS HAVING CLEAN WATER MEANS HAVING A WAY TO DEAL WITH HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE AND BEING ABLE TO MANAGE OUR SOLID WASTE AND ALSO DEALING WITH THE SUPERFUND SITES SO THEY CAN BE OPENED FOR DEVELOPMENT. THE MINNESOTA ZOO ASSET PRESERVATION $1.5 MILLION IN THE SENJEM BILL AND $26 MILLION $26 MILLION IN THIS AMENDMENT TO DEAL WITH ALL THE ASSET PRESERVATION REVITALIZING THE ZOO AND WITH THE TREETOP TRAIL REPURPOSE THING. ADMINISTRATION IS $4.2 MILLION IN THE SENJEM BILL AND $48 $48 MILLION IN THIS BILL AND THIS INCLUDES CAPITOL COMPLEX SECURITY UPGRADES AND THIS ISN’T JUST FOR OUR SECURITY MEMBERS THIS IS THE PEOPLE’S HOUSE THIS IS FOR ALL THE PEOPLE WHO COME TO VISIT US WILL COME TO VISIT US AGAIN ONCE WE OPEN WE ARE HOPEFUL TO MAKE SURE THEY CAN COME HERE AND FEEL SAFE. MOVING ON PUBLIC SAFETY AGAIN I MENTIONED EARLIER THE NEW STATE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER KNOW SEN. SENJEM I DON’T THINK A TRAILER DOES IT $29 MILLION IN THIS BILL FOR A NEW OPERATIONS CENTER STATE-OF-THE-ART THAT WILL WE HAVE A LOT OF SECURITY NEEDS WE HAVE ONLINE SECURITY NEEDS WE HAVE PHYSICAL SECURITY NEEDS WE NEED AN EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER WE ALSO HAVE NATURAL DISASTERS IT’S NOT JUST THE VIRUS THAT’S THE LATEST NATURAL DISASTER WE HAVE TORNADOES WE HAVE FLOODS IT’S IMPORTANT FOR US TO HAVE AN EMERGENCY CENTER. RAIL GREAT SEPARATION PROGRAM SOUNDS LIKE A SAFETY PROGRAM TO ME ESPECIALLY IF YOU LIVE NEAR A RAILROAD LINE NOTHING IN THE SENJEM BILL $110 MILLION IN THIS BILL AS WELL AS $58 $58 MILLION FOR FACILITIES CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT I WAS SURPRISED AT THIS ONE IS SEN. SENJEM THAT NOTHING FOR GREATER MINNESOTA TRANSIT NOTHING AT LEAST THERE’S $10 MILLION HERE. $10 MILLION HERE. SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOLS DOZENS OF SCHOOLS ARE LINING UP WITH THEIR APPLICATIONS FOR SUPPORT FOR THE SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOLS PROGRAM WITH THE LOCAL MATCH $2 $2 MILLION IN THE SENJEM BILL AT LEAST THERE’S $8 MILLION IN THIS BILL. HE MET COUNCIL WELL I HAVE TO TALK A LITTLE ABOUT REGIONAL TRAILS AND PARKS BECAUSE IT’S CLOSE TO MY HEART. RIGHT NOW FOR SAFETY REASONS WE’VE HAD TO LIMIT OUR USE OF RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES EXCEPT FOR OUR PARKS AND OUR PARKS ARE NOW GETTING DOUBLE THE USE USUAL USAGE SO THAT’S A LOT OF WEAR AND TEAR ON HER PARKS SO IN THIS AMENDMENT THERE’S $15 $15 MILLION THAT GOES TO ALL THE METROPARKS WHICH ARE LIKE OUR STATE PARKS IN THE METRO AREA AS OPPOSED ONLY $4 MILLION $4 MILLION IN THE SENJEM BILL AND I WILL MENTION AGAIN THE LACK OF TRANSIT REALLY TRAGIC THIS GETS OUR ESSENTIAL WORKERS TO WORK WHEN THE AIRPORT OPENS THE BUS LINE IS FILLED WITH PEOPLE GOING TO WORK AT THE AIRPORT THEY’RE NOT ESSENTIAL WORKERS BUT EXCEPT TO THEMSELVES BECAUSE THAT’S HOW THEY MAKE THEIR INCOME. HUMAN SERVICES ASSET PRESERVATION IS DOUBLED ON THIS BILL FROM $8 $8 MILLION-$60 MILLION CORRECTIONS ASSET PRESERVATION IS ONLY $19 MILLION IN THE SENJEM BILL AS OPPOSED TO $69 $69 MILLION IN THIS AMENDMENT. MEMBERS I HAVE A FEW MORE THAT’S THE PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITIES I WAS SLOW TO GET ON BOARD WITH PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITIES BUT NOW I SEE THE IMPORTANCE OF THEM THESE ARE WHERE WE TRAIN OUR FIRST RESPONDERS OUR FIREFIGHTERS OUR POLICE AND EMTS AND WE NEED TO HAVE A VERY ROBUST SUPPORT FOR OUR REGIONAL TRAINING FACILITIES AND FINALLY THE MINNESOTA HISTORICAL SOCIETY THEY HAVE JUST AS MANY ASSET PRESERVATION NEEDS AS THE REST OF THE STATE AND THERE’S $1.5 MILLION IN THE SENJEM BILL AND $5 MILLION IN THE AMENDMENT. WITH THAT MR. CHAIR I’D LIKE TO CONCLUDE AND I’M OPEN FOR QUESTIONS ON THE AMENDMENT AND WOULD BE INTERESTED IN HEARING OTHER PEOPLE’S OPINIONS ON THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE TWO TWO BILLS AND WHAT WE NEED TO DO IN OUR STATE TO HAVE A ROBUST BONDING BILL. FURTHER DISCUSSION ON THE A 19 19 AMENDMENT SEN. SENJEM. THANK YOU MR. PRES. WOULD SEN. PAPPAS YIELD. SEN. PAPPAS WILL YIELD. SEN. PAPPAS I WONDER IF YOU CAN TELL ME I’M FRANTICALLY PAGING THROUGH YOUR BILL HERE WHAT IS THE GENERAL OBLIGATION AND OTHER BOND VALUES WITHIN THIS DOCUMENT I CANNOT FIND THAT HOW BIG A BILL IS THIS FROM THE STANDPOINT OF ALL FUNDS AND HOW THEY’RE BROKEN APART. MR. PRES. AND SEN. SENJEM WITH GEO AND TF BONDS IT’S $2.4 BILLION ALMOST 2 1/2 BILLION DOLLARS. $212 BILLION. SEN. SENJEM. THANK YOU MR. PRES. SEN. PAPPAS CONTINUE TO YIELD. SEN. PAPPAS WILL YIELD. LOOKING THROUGH THE DOCUMENT THAT’S ALL I HAVE SEN. PAPPAS WHAT ARE THE DEBT SERVICE PAYMENTS ON THIS COMING YEAR IN THE COMING TO. SEN. SENJEM THERE IS NO DEBT PAYMENTS THIS YEAR BUT THERE WOULD BE $125 MILLION IN DEBT PAYMENTS THAT YEAR AND WELL WORTH IT WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT A $2.5 BILLION BILL IT’S A SMALL AMOUNT TO INVEST FOR THE AMOUNT OF JOBS THAT WE ARE GOING TO CREATE AND THE AMOUNT OF INFRASTRUCTURE WERE GOING TO BE ABLE TO FIX. SEN. SENJEM. THANK YOU MR. PRES. SEN. PAPPAS DO YOU HAVE THAT FOR 22 22 AND 23 ON THE GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS. SEN. PAPPAS. I BELIEVE THE IMPACT IS $129 $129 MILLION FOR 2023. 2023. SEN. SENJEM. THANK YOU SEN. PAPPAS I WAS LOOKING OVER THE RESPECTIVE NUMBERS YOU HAVE A BILL THAT’S 212 TIMES THE SIZE OF MINE OBVIOUSLY HAS A LOT MORE PROJECTS IN IT AND ARE ABLE TO GO THROUGH YOUR LIST AND SAY WHY DIDN’T THEY HAVE IT IS BECAUSE THIS IS A 998 BILL IT’S 998 BILL IT’S PUT TOGETHER WITHIN N AGREEMENT IF YOU WILL OF THE HOUSE AND SENATE AND WE PACKED AS MUCH INTO IT AS POSSIBLE JUST LOOKING AT THOSE NUMBERS WITH RESPECT TO GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS FOR 2021 WERE 2021 WERE AT $3.7 MILLION IT RAMPS UP TO $30 MILLION $30.5 MILLION FOR THE OUT YEARS 22 22 AND 23 I AM NOT SURE I’M GETTING THE RIGHT NUMBERS I THINK WE CAN AGREE THAT YOUR BILL COSTS SUBSTANTIALLY MORE TO OUR GENERAL FUND THAN THIS ONE AND THAT’S QUITE OBVIOUS THERE’S A LOT MORE IN IT THERE’S A LOT MORE TO PAY FOR AS WE THINK ABOUT WHERE WE ARE WITH RESPECT TO OUR ECONOMY AND SEN. ROSEN I’M NOT NECESSARILY CALLING ON YOU I’M SURE SHE WOULD AGREE THERE’S GOING TO BE A LOT OF STRESSES GOING FORWARD WHAT WE TRY TO DO WITH THIS 998 998 BONDING BILL IS FIND THE BALANCE WHAT ARE WE ABLE TO AFFORD AND WHAT PUTS TO WORK THE MOST PEOPLE IN THE JOB INTENTS FASHION. YOU HAVE A NICE BILL SEN. PAPPAS IS BONDING CHAIR I’D LIKE TO CARRY A BILL LIKE THIS SOMEDAY BUT WE CAN’T TODAY IT HAS A LOT OF THINGS IN IT AND THEY’RE NOT BAD THINGS THAT ME ASSURE YOU THEY’RE NOT BAD THINGS FOR THE HERE AND NOW IT’S PROBABLY NOT THE KIND OF BILL WE CAN GO FORWARD WITH FINANCIALLY AND WITH THAT I WOULD YIELD. SEN. PAPPAS. I’M SORRY SEN. SENJEM I MISSPOKE I WAS LOOKING AT THE LINES THAT WERE THE GENERAL FUND IMPACT BECAUSE THE BILL DOES INCLUDE CASH DOES INCLUDE THE GOV.’S RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CASH AND IT INCLUDES THE EQUITY PROJECTS THAT HAVE BEEN SUGGESTED ON THE FLOOR THAT THEY’RE VERY IMPORTANT IF WE ARE LOOKING AT THE GENERAL OBLIGATION DEBT SERVICE WHICH IS WHAT YOUR QUESTION WAS FOR ME IN 2021 THE IMPACT IS $26.8 MILLION YOURS IS $3.7 MILLION IN 2022 IT WOULD BE $82.8 AND THEN IT DOES INCREASE IION ACKNOWLEDGE IT’S A LARGE BONDING BILL IT’S THE PURPOSE IS TO DEMONSTRATE ALL THE NEEDS WE HAVE IN OUR STATE BECAUSE WE SKIPPED THOSE YEARS IF WE HAD DONE BONDING BILLS IN 2016 IN 2016 IN THE BONDING BILL LAST YEAR AND THERE WAS ANOTHER YEAR THAT WE SKIPPED A BONDING BILL DOING $1 BILLION BONDING BILL WOULD WORK JUST FINE AS WE ALREADY FUND THOSE PROJECTS I THINK I MENTIONED IN COMMITTEE IT GETS EMBARRASSING WHEN WE DO THESE TOURS AROUND THE STATE AND WE GO BACK HE SECOND AND THIRD TIME TO VISIT WITH THESE POOR LOCAL PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TRYING TO GET THEIR PROJECT FUNDED FOR FIVE YEARS AND WE STILL HAVEN’T FUNDED THEM. WE HAVE A LOT OF CATCHING UP TO DO AND I THINK THIS BILL DEMONSTRATES HOW MUCH CATCHING UP WE SHOULD BE DOING AND THAT’S WHAT WE NEED TO DO TO DO RIGHT BY THE STATE. I’M HAPPY YOU HAVE A BONDING BILL BEFORE US I THINK CERTAINLY $1 BILLION $1 BILLION IS BETTER THAN $750 $750 MILLION I HOPE TO GOD WERE GOING TO GET A BONDING BILL PASSED THIS YEAR. SEN. SENJEM. THANK YOU SEN. PAPPAS. MAY WOULD SEN. PAPPAS YIELD ONE MORE QUESTION. ONE MORE QUESTION. SEN. PAPPAS WILL YIELD. SEN. PAPPAS HOW MUCH CASH DOES YOUR BILL HAVE IN TERMS OF THE BONDING NEED. MR. CHAIR JUST A ROUGH ESTIMATE IF DEBT SERVICE IN THE FIRST YEAR IS $26 MILLION IN THE TOTAL GENERAL FUND IMPACT IS $125 MILLION IT MUST BE ABOUT $100 MILLION IN CASH A LOT OF THAT WAS REQUESTED BY THE GOV. THANK YOU SEN. PAPPAS. I DON’T HAVE $100 MILLION IN CASH I WISH I DID IT WOULD MAKE THIS PROCESS A LITTLE EASIER BUT WE DON’T HAVE ANY CASH WITHIN THIS BILL AND GIVEN THE FINANCIAL CONDITION OF THE STATE WHAT’S AN INVESTMENT AND WHAT’S NOT WE CAN ARGUE ABOUT THAT BUT FOR THE HERE AND NOW I THINK REGARDING OUR CASH CLOSELY IN THE FINANCE COMMITTEE THIS BILL DOES NOT HAVE CASH IN IT $100 $100 MILLION IS A LOT OF CASH I WISH I HAD A 10TH OF THAT BUT WE DON’T THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE ANSWER. I WOULD CONCLUDE BY SAYING IT’S A NICE BILL BUT AT THIS POINT IN TIME IT’S NOT AFFORDABLE AND THE BILL I HAVE BEFORE YOU IS AFFORDABLE IT’S A JOB INTENTS BILL AND WILL PUT PEOPLE TO WORK I THINK IT’S RIGHT FOR THE TIMES THANK YOU MR. PRES. I HAVE SEN. FRENTZ AND SEN. LIMMER. THANK YOU MR. PRES. I WANT TO SAY THIS IS ENTIRELY ABOUT WHAT WE CAN AFFORD DON’T JUST ASK WHAT THE BUILT COST ASK WHAT APACE THIS AMENDMENT WILL PUT A LOT OF MINNESOTANS TO WORK WE HAVE THE MONEY THE HOUSE HAS ABILITY AT THE SIZE THE GOV. AT THE SIZE THERE’S NO QUESTION WE CAN DO THIS AND WE SHOULD LOOK AT THE FUNDAMENTALS INTEREST RATES ARE AS LOW AS THEY HAVE BEEN IN A GENERATION IT’S NEVER GOING TO BE A BETTER TIME FOR THE STATE TO BORROW MONEY AND TO THE STATES CREDIT RATING IS AAA WERE GOING TO GET THE MOST FAVORABLE TERMS AND THAT’S A GOOD TIME TO BORROW AND THREE WERE IN A RECESSION NOW THE RECESSION IS LIKELY TO CONTINUE FOR EVER GOING TO PUT MINNESOTANS TO WORK AND PLENTY OF THEM THIS IS THE TIME IN 1933 FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT FORMED THE CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS TO PUT MILLIONS OF PEOPLE TO WORK BECAUSE WE WERE IN A DEPRESSION IT WAS EXACTLY WHAT THE COUNTRY NEEDED THIS BILL IS EXACTLY WHAT THE STATE OF MINNESOTA NEEDS IN SETTING ASIDE MANY OF THE EXCELLENT PROJECT IN THE AMENDMENT SEN. PAPPAS IS TALKING ABOUT LET’S SEND A MESSAGE TO THE STATE OF MINNESOTA WERE GOING TO BOND ROBUSTLY WERE GOING TO DO THE THINGS WE NEED TO DO AND IT’S TRUE WE ARE BEHIND EVEN IF WE WEREN’T BEHIND THIS IS THE TIME TO DO THIS THERE’S NEVER GOING TO BE A BETTER TIME I WOULD ASK MEMBERS TO CONSIDER A YES VOTE ON THIS AS A MESSAGE TO MINNESOTA ASK YOURSELF THIS WINTER LAST TIME YOU HEARD A COMMUNITY SAY SHOOT WE HAVE A BONDING PROJECT ANSWER NEVER FOR THAT REASON AND A LOT OF OTHER REASONS WE TALKED ABOUT THIS IS AN AMENDMENT THAT SHOULD BE ADDED THANK YOU MR. PRES. SEN. LIMMER. THANK YOU MR. PRES. I’VE BEEN LISTENING TO CAREFULLY THE DISCUSSION THIS AMENDMENT TO ME SEEMS AS IF IT’S OUT OF ORDER I’D LIKE TO RAISE THAT AS A POINT OF ORDER MR. PRES. SEN. LIMMER PLEASE STATE WHAT RULE YOUR POINT OF ORDER IS REFERENCING. MR. PRES. IF I CAN BRING YOUR ATTENTION TO RULE 7.3 AS WELL AS 7.4 RULE 7.3 DEFINES WHAT AN OMNIBUS TAX AN APPROPRIATION BILL IS AN LISTED AS NUMBER 14 NUMBER 14 IT MAKES REFERENCE TO AN OMNIBUS CAPITAL INVESTMENT BILL. 7.3 MAKES THE DEFINITION BUT 7.4 MAKES REFERENCE THAT AN AMENDMENT TO AN OMNIBUS APPROPRIATION BILL THAT IS A SENATE FILE IS OUT OF ORDER IF ACCORDING TO PARAGRAPH 1 IT INCREASES THE NET APPROPRIATION FROM A FUND AND IN THIS CASE IT’S THE GENERAL FUND WE ARE TALKING ABOUT FOR A FISCAL BIENNIUM WITHOUT A CORRESPONDING INCREASE IN NET REVENUE COMPARED TO THE BILL AS WAS REPORTED TO THE FLOOR IN THE SENATE. THE PREVIOUS DISCUSSION WE HAVE HAD REVEALED THE FACT THE BONDING BILL WE ARE CONSIDERING IN THE A 19 19 AMENDMENT IS NEARLY $2.5 BILLION WORTH OF BONDING PROJECTS THE EFFECT ON THE GENERAL FUND IS CONSIDERABLY HIGHER AS WELL. IT’S 1255 1,255,000,000 ON 8.8 OF THE ORIGINAL BILL THAT’S BEING ATTEMPTED TO BE AMENDED. ANY FURTHER ADVICE SEN. PAPPAS. THANK YOU MR. PRES. I DON’T THINK IT SHOULD BE OUT OF ORDER TO WANT TO TAKE CARE OF THE INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS OF OUR STATE I DON’T THINK IT SHOULD BE OUT OF ORDER TO WANT TO PUT PEOPLE TO WORK IN THE MIDDLE OF AN ECONOMIC COLLAPSE THERE ARE TIMES IN OUR HISTORY MEMBERS WHEN WE NEED TO TAKE EXTRAORDINARY MOVES AND THIS IS ONE OF THEM SO MR. PRES. I REQUEST YOU RULE THAT IT IS IN ORDER SO WE CAN TAKE A VOTE ON THE CONTENTS OF THIS AMENDMENT. ANY FURTHER ADVICE? MEMBERS I RULE THE POINT OF ORDER IS WELL TAKEN AND THE AMENDMENT IS OUT OF ORDER. MR. PRES. I WOULD CHALLENGE THE RULING OF THE PRESIDENT AND REQUEST I DON’T LIKE TO DO THIS BECAUSE AS A FORMER PRES. I DON’T LIKE TO CHALLENGE THE PRESIDENT IN THIS CASE IT’S AN EXTRAORDINARY TIME EXTRAORDINARY OPPORTUNITY TO DEMONSTRATE OUR SUPPORT FOR A ROBUST BONDING BILL I’D CHALLENGE THE RULING OF THE PRESIDENT AND WOULD LIKE ROLLCALL. SEN. PAPPAS IS APPEALING THE RULE OF THE PRESIDENT AND THE QUESTION BEFORE THE BODY IS SHALL THE DECISION OF THE PRES. BE THE JUDGMENT OF THE SENATE? A GREEN VOTE IS IN FAVOR OF THE JUDGMENT OF THE PRESIDENT AND A RED VOTE IS AGAINST THE JUDGMENT OF THE PRESIDENT. THE SECRETARY WILL TAKE ROLL. MEMBERS IN THE RETIRING ROOM PLEASE COME TO THE CHAMBER TO VOTE. MEMBERS IN ROOM 303 ROOM 303 PLEASE COME TO THE CHAMBER TO VOTE. MEMBERS IN THE PRESIDENTS OFFICE PLEASE COME TO THE CHAMBER TO VOTE. MEMBERS IN 323 PLEASE COME TO THE CHAMBER TO VOTE. MEMBERS IN 237 PLEASE COME TO THE CHAMBER TO VOTE AND MEMBERS IN ROOM 206 PLEASE COME TO THE CHAMBER TO VOTE. I NOW CALL ON SEN. FRENTZ TO REPORT VOTES OF MEMBERS VOTING UNDER RULE 40.7. THANK YOU MR. PRES. I REPORT NO FOR SEN. CARLSON. SEN. FRENTZ. I REPORT NO FOR SEN. CLAUSEN. SEN. FRENTZ. I REPORT NO FOR SEN. EATON. SEN. FRENTZ. I REPORT NO FOR SEN. FRANZEN. SEN. FRENTZ. I REPORT NO FOR SEN. KLEIN. SEN. FRENTZ. I REPORT NO FOR SEN. LAINE. SEN. FRENTZ MEMBERS WE ARE UNDER ROLLCALL PLEASE TAKE YOUR DISCUSSIONS OUTSIDE THE CHA CHAMBER. I REPORT NO FOR SEN. LATZ. SEN. FRENTZ. I REPORT NO FOR SEN. LITTLE. SEN. FRENTZ. I REPORT NO FOR SEN. NEWTON. SEN. FRENTZ. I REPORT NO FOR SEN. REST. SEN. FRENTZ. I REPORT NO FOR SEN. SPARKS. SEN. FRENTZ. I REPORT NO FOR SEN. TORRES RAY. SEN. FRENTZ. I REPORT NO FOR SEN. WIC WICKLUND. I NOW CALL ON SEN. JASINSKI TO REPORT VOTES OF MEMBERS VOTING UNDER 40.7. MR. PRES. SEN. BRUCE ANDERSON VOTES YES. SEN. JASINSKI. SEN. DAHMS VOTES YES. SEN. JASINSKI. SEN. HALL VOTES YES. SEN. JASINSKI. SEN. INGEBRIGTSEN VOTES YES. SEN. JASINSKI. MEMBERS WE ARE WAITING FOR ADDITIONAL VOTES. ALL MEMBERS HAVING VOTED WHO DESIRE TO VOTE THE SECRETARY WILL CLOSE ROLL. THERE BEING 35 YEAS AND 32 NAYS 32 NAYS THE RULING OF THE PRESIDENT IS SUSTAINED. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT GERMANE. MEMBERS WE ARE BACK ON THE B BILL. SEEING NO FURTHER DISCUSSION THE SECRETARY WILL GIVE THE BILL IT’S THIRD READING. SENATE FILE 3,463 A BILL FOR NOT RELATING TO CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS. THIRD READING. SEN. OSMEK. THANK YOU MR. PRES. THERE WERE SOME CONVERSATION REGARDING ITEMS THAT WERE MISSED BY THE MINORITY I WOULD LIKE TO STATE THERE’S TWO ITEMS TWO ITEMS THAT I ASKED FOR ONE ONE FOR WAYZATA AND ONE FOR THE ONE FOR THE CITY OF ORONO THAT DIDN’T MAKE SEN. SENJEM’S BILL AND SEN. SENJEM’S BILL IS A REASONED APPROACH IT’S AN AFFORDABLE APPROACH I SIT ON THE BONDING COMMITTEE AND WE HEAR LOTS AND LOTS OF REQUESTS SO WE HAVE TO MAKE DECISIONS ON WHAT IS THE BEST AT THIS POINT IN TIME AND WHAT CAN WE AFFORD BECAUSE AFTER ALL THIS MONEY ISN’T GOING TO GROW ON TREES IS COMING OUT OF SOMEONE’S CHECKBOOK AT THE END OF THE DAY AND NOW IN MINNESOTA THOSE CHECKBOOKS AREN’T VERY FULL. I WOULD SAY ONE THING ABOUT ONE THING ABOUT BONDING ITSELF, I HAVE A FEW CONSERVATIVE FRIENDS WHO MIGHT BE MORE CONSERVATIVE THAN I AM AND THEY GET FRUSTRATED WITH BONDING AND THEY SAY BONDING IS EVIL AND IT ISN’T IT REALLY IS NOT EVIL BECAUSE BONDING IS FOR PROJECTS AND PIECES OF EQUIPMENT AND DURABLE ASSETS THAT WE WILL USE OVER TIME AND YOU COULD SAY LET’S PAY CASH BUT THE REALITY IS WITH BONDING YOU PAY FOR THE ASSET OVER TIME AS AN EXAMPLE IF YOU’RE ON A CITY COUNCIL I DON’T THINK YOU PAY A WATER TOWER WITH CASH WHY BECAUSE IF YOU BOND FOR IT THE PEOPLE WHO ARE USING THE WATER TOWER FOR THE 30 YEAR DURATION OF THE BONDS FOR THE WATER TOWER EACH YEAR ARE PAYING A LITTLE BIT FOR THE BOND. IF YOU PAY CASH THAT MEANS ARE GOING TO HAVE TO COLLECT ALL THAT MONEY BEFORE YOU ACTUALLY BUILD THE ASSET AND THEN WHEN YOU BUILD THE ASSET THE PERSON WHO MAY HAVE PAID FOR $30 YEARS LEAVES TOWN AND YOU TAKE ALL THEIR MONEY FOR THAT TIME AND THAT ASSET IS NOT SOMETHING THEY BENEFIT FROM THE USE OF THEIR TAX DOLLARS. THERE IS A GOOD REASON TO HAVE BONDING FOR THOSE LARGER PROJECTS THAT ARE DURABLE THAT ARE NEEDED BY THE STATE BUT YOU DO HAVE TO MAKE CHOICES AND I THINK SEN. SENJEM HAS MADE A VERY GOOD CHOICE IN A NUMBER OF CASES HERE IN THIS BILL SO I WILL BE SUPPORTING THIS. FURTHER DISCUSSION ON THE BILL SEN. JASINSKI. THANK YOU MR. PRES. I STAND IN SUPPORT OF SENATE FILE 3463 3,463 OBVIOUSLY AS A MEMBER OF THE BONDING COMMITTEE I WANT TO MAKE A COUPLE OF COMMENTS THANK YOU SEN. SENJEM AT OUR STAFF AND MEMBERS OF THE BONDING COMMITTEE CAPITAL INVESTMENT COMMITTEE AS YOU KNOW WE TRAVEL THE STATE AND SEE A LOT OF THINGS TOGETHER WE SPENT A LOT OF TIME ON THE BUS TOGETHER AND GET TO INTERACT QUITE A BIT IT’S SOMETHING I THOROUGHLY ENJOYED MY THREE YEARS HERE I THREE YEARS HERE I WANT TO STATE ONE THING THAT WAS BROUGHT UP EARLIER ON EARMARKS OR CONSTITUENT REQUESTS SEN. NEWMAN CALLS THEM. WE TALKED ABOUT THIS IN MY FIRST COUPLE OF YEARS ON HIGHWAY 14 IT WAS AN EARMARK FOR SO MANY YEARS AND WASN’T SHOVEL READY I WANT TO REPORT HIGHWAY 14 IS NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION AND WE DID A BRIEF CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MEETING AT THE OWATONNA CHAMBER AND GOT DIRECTLY IMPACT OF WHAT IT’S DONE ALREADY GRANT YOU IT’S ONLY BEEN UNDER CONSTRUCTION FOR ABOUT TWO TWO MONTHS ALREADY THE PROJECT IS BROUGHT OR TRANSFORMED 1,000,000 FT. OF MANUFACTURING SPACE IN OWATONNA BROUGHT IT TO A COSTCO DISTRIBUTION CENTER SEVERAL OTHER BUSINESSES THERE’S BEEN SEVERAL BUSINESSES THAT OF COME TO OWATONNA BECAUSE HIGHWAY 14 WE COUNTED THE JOBS OVER 385 JOBS DIRECTLY 385 JOBS DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE THESE ARE SECONDARY JOBS THESE ARE CONSTRUCTION JOBS THESE ARE JOBS BROUGHT IN BY MANUFACTURING IN THERE SO MANY MORE UNCOUNTED ON DELIVERIES AND CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS AND SUPPLIERS AND GRAVEL TRUCKS AND THESE THINGS THAT COME IN ON HIGHWAY 14 THIS MEMBERS IS THE BEST ECONOMIC ENGINE WE CAN CREATE IS A BONDING BILL AND ITS HEAVY AND TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE ALL THE THINGS WE SAW ON OUR BONDING TOUR. I’M SO HAPPY THERE IS MONEY FOR HEAPR ALSO I WANT TO THANK THE $85 MILLION IN HEAPR FUNDS WHICH IS MINNESOTA STATE SOUTH CENTRAL COLLEGE IN MY DISTRICT THAT NEEDS HEAPR MONEY BADLY. MINNESOTA ACADEMIES $1.5 MILLION FOR HEAPR THERE AS YOU SAW THOSE BUILDINGS THERE VERY OLD VERY HISTORIC AND NEED HEAPR MONEY. SECONDLY I WANT TO TALK ABOUT SOME OF THE OTHER BIG PROJECTS I WAS THE SPONSOR OF BILLS ON $25 MILLION IN LOCAL BRIDGE REPLACEMENT THOSE ARE IN YOUR DISTRICTS YOU HEAR FROM COUNTY ENGINEERS CITY ADMINISTRATORS ALL THE LOCAL BRIDGE PROJECTS THAT ARE NEEDED FOLKS THIS BRINGS $25 MILLION $25 MILLION TO THE STATE AND LOCAL BRIDGE PROJECTS. ANOTHER BILL LOCAL BRIDGE ROAD IMPROVEMENT $80 MILLION THIS MONEY GOES TO ROADS AND HIGHWAY HIGHWAY 14 IS ONLY ONE EXAMPLE ONE EXAMPLE OF WHAT THAT MONEY DOES THIS MONEY GOES OUT TO THE ENTIRE STATE OF MINNESOTA CREATES MORE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT MORE JOBS BETTER TRAVEL IN OUR STATE VERY GOOD ANOTHER PROJECT TOWNSHIP ROAD IMPROVEMENT ANOTHER ONE OF MY ONE OF MY BILLS THIS IS NEW THIS YEAR ANOTHER BILL I KNOW ALL OF YOU WHO ARE IN YOUR DISTRICTS HEAR THIS FROM TOWNSHIP SUPERVISORS OR COUNTY BOARD PEOPLE THEY NEED MONEY FOR THEIR TOWNSHIP RHODES THIS FAR TO COVERT PROJECTS ROADSO PROJECTS DRAINAGE PROJECTS THINGS THAT WILL HELP OUR TOWNSHIP RHODES THROUGHOUT THE STATE OF MINNESOTA. NEXT THE BDP I PROGRAM $12 MILLION THIS FUND GETS TAPPED EVERY SINGLE YEAR BY LOCAL CITIES AND GREATER MINNESOTA FOR PROJECTS THAT EXTEND INFRASTRUCTURE TO PROJECT THAT BRING JOBS TO EVERYONE OF OUR COMMUNITIES IT’S PHENOMENAL PROGRAM AND RIGHT NOW WITH THE PRODUCTS THEY HAVE THE FUND WILL BE TAPPED WE NEED TO GET MORE MONEY INTO THIS PROGRAM SO ALL OUR CITIES ACROSS GREATER MINNESOTA AND ACROSS THE STATE WILL BENEFIT. THIS IS A GREAT BONDING BILL WHAT WE’VE SEEN ACROSS THE STATE MANY OF US HAVE TRAVELED ON THE COMMITTEE SOME PEOPLE DID MAKE IT OTHER PERSONS DISTRICTS BUT WE SPENT ABOUT 16 DAYS GET A BOSS ON THE ROAD TRAVELING THE PROJECTS THERE SO MANY GREAT PROJECTS IN THIS BILL. WE GONE TO CITY COUNCILS AND COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AND TO WATCH HOW THEY COME OUT AND SUPPORT THE PROJECTS THAT ARE IN THIS BILL AND WHAT THE TRANSPORTATION PROJECT THE MOST ATTENDANCE I SAW ON ALL THESE BONDING TOURS WE DID WAS FOR TRANSPORTATION PEOPLE KNOW HOW IMPORTANT THAT IS TO THEIR COMMUNITIES WHAT THEY DO THE JOBS THEY BRING TRANSPORTATION ACCESS THAT IT BRINGS TO EVERYTHING FROM FARMERS TO BUSINESS TO MANUFACTURING TO RETAIL THIS IS SO IMPORTANT TO OUR STATE AND GIVEN THE COVID 19 WHAT’S GOING 19 WHAT’S GOING ON IN OUR ECONOMY TODAY WHAT IT’S DONE THESE ARE GREAT JOBS THERE OUT IN THE OPEN AIR THERE SPREAD APART ACROSS THE STATE THESE JOBS AGAIN ARE THE BEST JOBS YOU CAN SEE DURING THIS INCIDENT WERE HAVING WITH COVID 19 AND AS SEN. NEWMAN SAID BECAUSE OF WHAT’S GOING ON OUR HUTDF FUNDS ARE GOING TO BE DOWN OVER $400 MILLION THIS BILL PURPOSELY IS FULL OF TRANSPORTATION PROJECT TO TRY TO GET THOSE PROJECTS TAKEN CARE OF I WANT TO THANK SEN. SENJEM ALL HER MEMBERS I’VE TRAVELED WITH ALL OF OUR STAFF THE CAPITAL INVESTMENT COMMITTEE DOES SO MANY IMPORTANT THINGS AND SEES FIRSTHAND IN THESE COMMUNITIES HOW IMPORTANT THEY ARE I IF YOU’VE NOT BEEN ON THIS COMMITTEE THIS IS SOMETHING YOU HAVE TO SEE THE ENTHUSIASM FROM THE PEOPLE ACROSS THE STATE KNOWING WHAT THESE PROJECTS DO FOR EACH OF THEIR COMMUNITIES IS UNMATCHED THANK YOU SEN. SENJEM FOR ALL YOUR WORK I HOPE EVERYONE WILL VOTE FOR SENATE FILE 3,463 IN ADVANCE OUR STATE. NEXT IS SEN. HAYDEN FOLLOWED BY SEN. NELSON. THANK YOU MR. PRES. I USUALLY DON’T TO SPEAK THIS MANY TIMES ON THE BILL I WAS COMPELLED BY MY FRIEND SEN. JASINSKI HE STARTED NAMING ALL THE PROJECTS THAT WERE IN HIS DISTRICT THAT HE SPONSORED I PERKED UP ABOUT HALFWAY THROUGH 80 MILLION HERE 80 MILLION HERE $25 MILLION $25 MILLION THERE $8 MILLION $8 MILLION HERE IT’S LIKE $112 $112 MILLION WE JUST TALKED ABOUT BASICALLY GETTING NOTHING IN THE BIGGEST CITY THE STATE HAS. AND COMMUNITIES THAT NEEDED MORE THAN ANYBODY SOMEHOW THE PRISM OF HIGHWAY 14 HIGHWAY 14 AND SOUTHERN MINNESOTA IS HOW WE SHOULD LOOK AT IT AND EVERYONE SHOULD BE EXCITED AND ENTHUSIASTIC. I WOULD TAKE 10% OR 25% OF WHAT MY FRIEND SEN. JASINSKI HAD JUST A LITTLE BIT WOULD GO A LONG WAY. ALL THIS MONEY ALL THESE GOOD THINGS ALL THIS STUFF IS HAPPENING SOME HOURS HAPPENING IN SEN. JASINSKI’S DISTRICT AND OTHER GOP DISTRICTS I WANTED TO POINT OUT I WASN’T GOING TO SPEAK AGAIN I TOOK IT BACK OF THE ENVELOPE STARTED COUNTING THE MONEY AND SAID IF WE HAD A LITTLE BIT OF THAT MAYBE HALF OF THAT WE DON’T HAVE TO GET THE FULL PARITY IN EQUITY IF WE HAD HALF OF THAT WE COULD GO A LONG WAY IN THE STATE I WANT TO COMMEND SEN. PAPPAS AND HER BILL THE TRIED TO DO THAT THE DIDN’T TRY TO EXCLUDE GOP PROJECTS THAT TRY TO INCLUDE THEM ALONG WITH PROJECTS IN OTHER PARTS OF THE STATE THAT TRY TO INVEST IN ALL COMMUNITIES. THAT TRIED TO LOOK AFTER THE TRANSPORTATION AND TRANSIT NEEDS OF OUR STATE I TRIED TO LOOK AT THE HEAPR PROBLEM WE HAVE THROUGHOUT THE STATE SO IF WE CAN GET A LITTLE BIT OF THAT IF WE COULD COME TOGETHER HOPEFULLY WHEN WE FINISH YEAR WE GO UPSTAIRS AND WE PUT SOMETHING TOGETHER MAYBE YOU CAN GET JUST A LITTLE LESS SEN. JASINSKI AND I CAN GET A LITTLE BIT MORE THAN WE COULD COME TOGETHER THANK YOU MR. PRES. SEN. JASINSKI. THANK YOU MR. PRES. AND RESPONSE TO SEN. HAYDEN, IN MY DISTRICT $2.2 MILLION WENT TO MY DISTRICT ALL THE PROJECTS I TALKED ABOUT ACROSS THE STATE IN MINNESOTA NOT IN MY DISTRICT IF YOU WANT TO TALK SOME DISTRICT NUMBERS SEN. NEWTON $4.8 MILLION SEN. PAPPAS $26.2 MILLION, SEN. SIMONSON $10.8 MILLION SEN. SPARKS $3.1 MILLION SEN. TOMASSONI $11.5 MILLION, I WANT TO TAKE UP ANYMORE 2.25 AND DISTRICT 24. 24.X NEXT IS SEN. NELSON. THANK YOU MR. PRES. MEMBERS I WANT TO STAND AS A MEMBER ON THE CAPITAL INVESTMENT COMMITTEE FOR THE LAST NUMBER OF YEARS AND THANK SEN. SENJEM FOR PUTTING TOGETHER A BILL THAT IS A CONCISE BILL THAT MEETS THE NEEDS THAT ARE AT THE FOREFRONT RIGHT NOW I KNOW IT’S DIFFICULT ALWAYS DIFFICULT TO GET EVERYTHING YOU WANT INSIDE THE BUDGET YOU’VE BEEN ALLOCATED AND I PARTICULARLY WANT TO THANK SEN. SENJEM FOR A FEW THINGS THAT ARE IN THIS BILL NUMBER 1 HEAPR HIGHER EDUCATION ASSET PRESERVATION THAT’S WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING PRESERVING HE HIRE EDUCATION ASSETS THE BUILDINGS FROM FURTHER DAMAGE AND NEED OF REPAIR SO I APPRECIATE THE SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENT IN HE HEAPR. THERE’S ALSO A NICE INVESTMENT IN SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOLS THAT’S AN IMPORTANT THING WE DO LOOK FORWARD TO WHEN OUR STUDENTS CAN RETURN TO THEIR SCHOOLS WE WILL GET ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THIS CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC AND WE WANT TO MAKE SURE MORE AND MORE OF OUR KIDS CAN WALK TO THOSE SCHOOLS OR BIKE TO THOSE SCHOOLS IN A SAFE WAY. I ALSO APPRECIATE THE SAFETY HERE THAT WAS SO NEEDED ON HIGHWAY 14 HIGHWAY 14 RIGHT OUTSIDE OF BYRON THERE’S AN INTERSECTION THERE THAT’S INCREDIBLY DANGEROUS LIFE TAKING DANGEROUS AND I’M GLAD TO SEE THERE’S FUNDING THERE TO FINALLY GET THAT INTERSECTION TO BE SAFER AND LEAD TO LESS ACCIDENTS. OF COURSE THERE IS A BILL IN THE BONDING PROPOSAL I AM SO HAPPY TO SEE MEMBERS THAT IS THE ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. ONE OF ITS RUNWAYS HAS REACHED THE END OF ITS LIFE AND IT’S ESSENTIAL THAT WE KEEP THAT RUNWAY UP AND RUNNING THIS PROJECT IS $18.2 BILLION OF DIRECT AND INDIRECT IMPACT AND WE ALSO KNOW AVIATION IS GOING TO BE ON THE FOREFRONT AS WE COME OUT OF THIS COVID 19 19 PANDEMIC AND HELP WITH THE ECONOMIC RECOVERY IT WILL BE A STRATEGIC ASSET. WE KNOW THE BUSINESSES WILL BE ABLE TO INNOVATE AND REINVENT AS WE MOVE OUT OF THE PANDEMIC. THIS IS CRITICAL FOR THIS AREA WE NEED TO REPAIR THIS RUNWAY WE CANNOT AFFORD TO HAVE ONE OF ONE OF OUR RUNWAYS DOWN AND WE KNOW AVIATION IS AN INTEGRATED SYSTEM AND AS OUR NATION IS MOVING TO A HUB AND SPOKE DESIHINK SEN. SENJEM FOR THE WORK HE HAS DONE THE BONDING COMMITTEE AND THE MANY TOURS THAT WE HAVE BEEN ON AND THOSE WHO HAVE TAKEN THE TIME TO SHARE WITH US THOSE NEEDS THANK YOU SEN. SENJEM. MEMBERS THAT COMPLETES MY LIST ANY OTHER MEMBERS WHO WOULD SPEAK BEFORE WE TAKE THE VOTE SEN. SENJEM. THANK YOU MR. PRES. I APPRECIATE THE CONVERSATION TODAY ON THIS BILL I WOULD CONCLUDE BY SAYING I THINK IT’S A GOOD BILL I’M PROUD OF THIS BILL I THINK THIS IS A GOOD BILL FOR THE TIMES I WILL TELL YOU WHEN WE PUT THIS BILL TOGETHER AS I SAID TWO OR THREE TWO OR THREE TIMES THIS WAS A BILL ALL ABOUT JOB INTENSITY I’VE BEEN ON THIS COMMITTEE FOR 18 YEARS AND WE DO DIFFERENT THINGS THERE’S DIFFERENT THEMES OVER DIFFERENT YEARS IF YOU’RE HERE NEXT YEAR IT’S GOING TO BE A LOT OF HAZARDOUS SITING WE HAVE OVER $100 MILLION OUT OF BURNSVILLE WE HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF AS WELL AS SEVERAL SUPERFUND SITES THAT WILL GOBBLE UP 200 200 MILLION N OUT OF NEXT YEAR’S BONDING BILL THAT WILL TAKE AWAY SOME OF THE THINGS WE TALKED ABOUT TODAY THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO PEOPLE. THIS ABSENT FLOWS WITH THE TIMES AS WE TALK ABOUT THIS BONDING BILL WE ARE TALKING ABOUT A BILL THAT’S GOING TO PUT PEOPLE TO WORK INTENSIVELY AND HEAVILY THE GOING TO MAKE A LOT OF MONEY THE GOING TO PUT MONEY BACK INTO THE ECONOMY WERE GOING TO IMPROVE THE INFRASTRUCTURE FOR OUR STATE I’VE BEEN INVOLVED IN THIS 18 18 YEARS FOR MY DOLLAR INFRASTRUCTURE IN MINNESOTA IS THE BEST DAUGHTER WE CAN SPEND THERE’S NO QUESTION WE HAVE A LOT OF OF THE THINGS WE HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT K-12 AND HIGHER EDUCATION AND THE ENVIRONMENT AND SO ON BUT BUILDING THINGS THAT PEOPLE CAN DRIVE ON WALK ON RECREATE IN WORK IN AND SO ON AND SO FORTH IS WHAT PEOPLE LIKE WHAT I THINK WE OUGHT TO BE SPENDING A LOT MORE MONEY ON AGAIN THE BILL IS AT 998 IT’S A 998 IT’S A GOOD BUILT I DON’T WANT TO SOUND THREATENING FOLKS BUT IT’S ABOUT 5 1/2 HOURS LEFT 512 HOURS LEFT IN THIS SESSION I CANNOT TELL YOU HOW DIFFICULT IT IS TO ASSEMBLE A NEW BONDING BILL GIVEN WHAT WE HAVE TO WORK WITH AND GOD BLESS LET ME SAY THE STAFF THEY ARE WORKING BEHIND THE SCENES AND HAVE BEEN WORKING BEHIND THE SCENES IT’S EXTREMELY DIFFICULT WORKING REMOTELY TO PUT A NEW BUILD TOGETHER. I WOULD SAY I DON’T WANT TO BE THREATENING THIS IS ONE AND DONE WE NEED TO VOTE THIS OUT WE NEED TO PUT PEOPLE TO WORK WE NEED TO GET MINNESOTA GOING THIS IS OUR CHANCE WERE WAITING FOR THE HOUSE THE CONSTITUTION SAYS THE BILL NEEDS TO ORIGINATE IN THE HOUSE WE HAVEN’T GOT A BILL FROM THE HOUSE YET LET’S DO OUR PART HERE MAKE THIS BONDING BILL WORK AND MOVE FORWARD TO WAIT FOR THE HOUSE MAKE THIS THING WORK BEFORE MIDNIGHT AND PUT MINNESOTA TO WORK THANK YOU. FINAL DISCUSSION ON THE BUILT SEN. GAZELKA. THANK YOU MR. PRES. AND MEMBERS. I THINK SEN. SENJEM MAY BE RIGHT THIS IS THE LAST TRAIN LEAVING THE STATION THIS SESSION FOR A BONDING BILL WE CANNOT CONTROL WHAT THE HOUSE DOES I CAN TELL YOU YOU KNOW THE HOUSE DID NOT PASS A BONDING BILL IT NEEDS TO BE BIPARTISAN IT’S MY HOPE THE SENATE DOES PASS A BONDING BILL THIS ONE AT $998 MILLION IN GENERAL OBLIGATION FUNDS I BELIEVE IS I THINK THE LARGEST ONE WE HAVE EVER DONE AND IT HAS BROAD AREAS THEY COVER I TALKED TO JOAN GABEL AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA AT THEIR NEEDS IT HAS $85 MILLION $85 MILLION IN RESOURCES FOR THEIR ASSET PRESERVATION MINNESOTA STATE WE PROVIDED ANOTHER $85 MILLION FOR THEIR ASSET PRESERVATION IF YOU GO TO THE AGATE COMMITTEES THE REAL FINANCE AUTHORITY GETS $50 $50 MILLION WE CAN HELP THEM WITH FOUR OVERALL FOUR OVERALL TRANSPORTATION $688 MILLION OF TRANSPORTATION DOLLARS ONE THAT I CARE ABOUT IS $50 MILLION FOR HIGHWAY 10 HIGHWAY 10 THROUGH WHAT DENA THE ONLY PART OF HIGHWAY 10 HIGHWAY 10 THROUGH THE ENTIRE STATE THAT IS IN FOUR LANES AND FOUR LANES AND THEY BEEN ASKING THAT FOR 50 YEARS. ALL THE WAY THROUGH THIS I CAN TELL YOU I DO CONVERSATION WITH THE MAYOR OF ST. PAUL MELVIN CARTER FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS ASKING WOULD WE FIND A WAY TO INCLUDE THE CITY OF ST. PAUL 3RD ST. KELLOGG BRIDGE WHICH IS $50 $50 MILLION AND IT’S IN THIS BILL. IT’S NOT JUST REPUBLICAN PROJECTS IS ACROSS THE WHOLE STATE I APPRECIATE WHAT SEN. SENJEM HAS DONE TO MAKE SURE RURAL AND METRO IS TAKEN CARE OF REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRAT IS TAKING CARE OF MEMBERS WE WORK HARD TO GET THESE DONE UNFORTUNATELY IT TAKES BIPARTISAN EFFORT IN THE HOUSE AND IN THE SENATE SO I STRONGLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO PASS THIS BILL LET’S LEAD IN THE SENATE AND SEE THROUGH THE REST OF THE NIGHT WHAT THE HOUSE DOES AND WE WILL GO FROM THERE MEMBERS I ENCOURAGE YOU TO VOTE GREEN. MEMBERS WE ARE ON FINAL PASSAGE OF SENATE FILE 3463 AS 3,463 AS AMENDED SEEING NO FURTHER DISCUSSION THE SECRETARY WILL TAKE ROLL. THIS IN THE RETIRING ROOM PLEASE COME TO THE CHAMBER TO VOTE. MEMBERS IN ROOM 303 PLEASE COME TO THE CHAMBER TO VOTE MEMBERS IN THE PRESIDENTS OFFICE PLEASE COME TO THE CHAMBER TO VOTE. MEMBERS IN ROOM 323 PLEASE COME TO THE CHAMBER TO VOTE. MEMBERS IN ROOM 237 PLEASE COME TO THE CHAMBER TO VOTE. MEMBERS IN ROOM 206 PLEASE COME TO THE CHAMBER TO VOTE. MEMBERS WE ARE UNDER ROLLCALL PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OUTSIDE THE CHAMBER. I NOW CALL ON SEN. FRENTZ TO REPORT VOTES OF MEMBERS VOTING UNDER RULE 40.7. THANK YOU MR. PRES. I REPORT NO FOR SEN. CARLSON. SEN. FRENTZ. I REPORT NO FOR SEN. CLAUSEN. SEN. FRENTZ. I REPORT NO FOR SEN. EATON. SEN. FRENTZ. I REPORT NO FOR SEN. FRANZEN. SEN. FRENTZ. I REPORT NO FOR SEN. KLEIN. SEN. FRENTZ. I REPORT NO FOR SEN. LAINE. SEN. FRENTZ. I REPORT NO FOR SEN. LATZ. SEN. FRENTZ. I REPORT NO FOR SEN. LITTLE. SEN. FRENTZ. I REPORT YES FOR SEN. NEWTON. SEN. FRENTZ. I REPORT NO FOR SEN. REST. SEN. FRENTZ. A MOMENT PLEASE MR. PRES. THANK YOU MR. PRES. I REPORT NO FOR SEN. SPARKS. SEN. FRENTZ. I REPORT NO FOR SEN. TORRES RAY. SEN. FRENTZ. I REPORT NO FOR SEN. WIC WICKLUND. I NOW CALL ON SEN. GAZELKA TO REPORT VOTES OF MEMBERS VOTING UNDER 40.7. SEN. BRUCE ANDERSON VOTES YES. SEN. GAZELKA. SEN. DAHMS VOTES YES. SEN. GAZELKA. SEN. HALL VOTES YES. SEN. GAZELKA. SEN. INGEBRIGTSEN VOTES YES. ALL MEMBERS HAVING VOTED WHO DESIRE TO VOTE THE SECRETARY WILL CLOSE ROLL. THERE BEING 38 YEAS AND 29 NAYS THE BILL DOES NOT PASS. MEMBERS THE NEXT BILL FOR CONSIDERATION IS HOUSE FILE SEN. GAZELKA. MR. PRES. DO I STILL HAVE TO LAY THE BILL OVER IF IT FAILS THANK YOU. MEMBERS THE NEXT BILL FOR CONSIDERATION IS HOUSE FILE 4,597 SEN. PRATT. THANK YOU MR. PRES. MEMBERS HOUSE FILE 4,597 IS REALLY A VERY SIMPLE BILL A TIMELY BILL IN THIS COVID 19 CRISIS. 19 CRISIS. MEMBERS THIS IS A BILL FOR THE HORSE RACING INDUSTRY RUNNING ACES AND CANTERBURY IN PARTICULAR AND THERE ARE A FEW CHANGES THAT WE ARE MAKING TO STATE LAW ONE IS ONE IS WE ARE ALLOWING COURTS PURSE MONEY TO BE USED FOR. MR. PRES. COULD WE HAVE SOME QUIET IN THE CHAMBER. PLEASE IF YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE CONVERSATIONS TAKE THEM OUTSIDE THE CHAMBER WE ARE PRESENTING A BILL IT IS DIFFICULT TO HEAR. THANK YOU MR. PRES. THANK YOU SEN. RUUD. MEMBERS THE FIRST CHANGES WE ARE ALLOWING PURSE MONEY TO BE USED FOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS THE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS ARE FOR THE OPERATION OF LIVE RACING AND BENEFICIAL TO THE HORSE MEN’S THAT ARE RACING AT THE FACILITY CURRENTLY THE PURSE MONEY THAT’S SET ASIDE OUR TO BENEFIT THE HORSE MEN AND WE ARE STAYING IN COMPLIANCE WITH THAT AND TRYING TO PERMIT SOME ADDITIONAL USES. MEMBERS IN SUBDIVISION FOR WE INCREASE THE RATE ON EXISTING ADVANCED DEPOSIT WAGERING THE FEE INCREASING FROM 1% UP TO 2% WITH THE FUNDS BEING HIGHLIGHTED IN SECTION 4 WHERE THE RACING COMMISSION MAY REQUIRE MAY USE THE FUNDS TO REDUCE THE LICENSEES REIMBURSABLE COSTS MEMBERS THIS IS FOR DRUG TESTING AND RACE OFFICIALS AND THOSE TYPES OF EXPENSES THAT THE RACING COMMISSION PROVIDES AN WOULD GENERALLY BE REIMBURSED BACK BY THE TRACKS IT ALLOWS THE RACING COMMISSION TO ALTER THE CALENDAR AND LOWER THE AMOUNT OF MINIMUM RACING DAYS FROM 50 50 IF A SHORTER TIME IS DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND THE LICENSEES CONTROL. MEMBERS ALL OF THESE CHANGES THE INCREASE IN FEE THE CAPITAL EXPENSE THE REIMBURSEMENT REDUCTION AND THE MINIMUM RACING DAYS ALL EXPIRE IN DECEMBER 2021 MR. PRES. AND MEMBERS SHOULD HAVE LETTERS OF SUPPORT FROM CANTERBURY AND RUNNING ACES AND THE HORSEMEN IN ADDITION WE ALSO HAVE A LETTER FROM THE MINNESOTA INDIAN GAMING ASSOCIATION SAYING THEY DO NOT HAVE CONCERNS WITH THE BILL THERE WAS NO OPPOSITION IN COMMITTEE AND MEMBERS THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT TO OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES I CAN TELL YOU IT CANTERBURY THESE CHANGES WILL SAVE HUNDREDS OF JOBS THAT A BEEN AFFECTED BY THE COVID 19 19 CRISIS AND THE ANTICIPATED SOCIAL DISTANCING REQUIREMENTS WE WILL NEED THROUGH THE SUMMER SO MEMBERS I STRONGLY URGE A YES VOTE MR. CHAIR MR. PRES. I WILL STAND FOR QUESTIONS. FURTHER DISCUSSION ON HOUSE FILE 4,597? ANY FURTHER DISCUSSION SEEING NONE THE SECRETARY WILL GIVE THE BILL IT’S THIRD READING. HOUSE FILE 4597 A BILL 4,597 A BILL RELATING TO HORSERACING. FURTHER DISCUSSION ON HOUSE FILE 4,597 SEEING NONE THE MEMBERS IN THE RETIRING ROOM PLEASE VOTE. MEMBERS IN ROOM ROOM 303. MEMBERS IN THE PRESIDENTS OFFICE. MEMBERS IN ROOM 206. ROOM 237. AND ROOM ROOM 323. PURSUANT TO RULE 40.7 SEN. HAYDEN. THANK YOU MR. PRES. I’M PLEASED TO REPORT SEN. CARLSON VOTES YES. SEN. CLAUSEN VOTE YES. SEN. EATON VOTES YES. SEN. FRANZEN VOTES YES. SEN. KLEIN VOTES YES. SEN. LAINE VOTES YES. SEN. LATZ VOTES YES. SEN. LITTLE VOTES YES. SEN. NEWTON VOTES YES. SEN. REST VOTES YES. SEN. SPARKS VOTES YES. SEN. TORRES RAY VOTES YES. SEN. WICKLUND VOTES YES. SEN. JASINSKI. SEN. BRUCE ANDERSON VOTES YES. MR. PRES. SEN. DAHMS VOTES YES. SEN. HALL VOTES YES. . SEN. INGEBRIGTSEN VOTES YES. ALL SENATORS VOTING WHO DESIRE TO VOTE THE SECRETARY WILL CLOSE ROLL THERE BEING 65 YEAS 65 YEAS AND TO NAYS THE BILL IS PASSED AND ITS TITLE AGREED TO. . MEMBERS THE NEXT BILL FOR CONSIDERATION IS OUSE FILE 1842 NUMBER 83 ON GENERAL ORDERS SEN. OSMEK. THANK YOU MR. PRES. HOUSE FILE 1842 IS THE OMNIBUS RENEWABLE DEVELOPMENT ACCOUNT SPENDING BILL. THE RENEWABLE DEVELOPMENT ACCOUNT IS AN ACCOUNT THAT RECEIVES APPROXIMATELY $32 MILLION $32 MILLION CURRENTLY FROM THE FEES OR TAXES DEPENDING ON WHAT YOU LIKE TO CALL THAT ON THE CASKS, PADS AT MONTICELLO AT PRAIRIE ISLAND AND THE CONTAINMENT UNIT AT MONTICELLO THIS WAS PART OF THE 1994 1994 AGREEMENT AND WE CONTINUE TO HAVE THAT FUND AVAILABLE FOR USE FOR CLEAN ENERGY AS WELL AS OTHER PROJECTS THAT ARE DEEMED WORTHY BY THE LEGISLATURE. THIS IS A NEGOTIATED BILL IT HAS BEEN NEGOTIATED WITH COMMISSIONER KELLY REPRESENTING THE GOV.’S OFFICE AND WITH THE HOUSE AND THEIR LEADERSHIP I WOULD LIKE TO NOTE EARLY I APPRECIATE COMMISSIONER KELLY HELPING GATHER THE CONSENSUS ON A NUMBER OF PROVISIONS HERE THAT I THINK ACTUALLY ARE VERY GOOD FOR MINNESOTA’S FUTURE. GOING THROUGH THE BILL MEMBERS, THE FIRST SECTION IS FOR THE SOLAR REWARDS PROGRAM IT ADDS $5 MILLION TO THE FINAL YEAR WHICH IS YEAR NUMBER 8 AND THAT MAKES THE TOTAL ON YEAR NUMBER NUMBER 8 TOTAL OF $10 MILLION $10 MILLION WHICH IS CONSISTENT WITH HOW WE’VE BEEN FUNDING SOLAR REWARDS PROGRAM AND ADDS AN ADDITIONAL NINTH YEAR AT $10 $10 MILLION. THE NEXT SECTION IS IN SECTION 2 THE ENERGY TRANSITION GRANTS THIS SECTION IS THE LANGUAGE FOR THE CREATION OF A FUND THIS IS A BILL FOR SEN. HOUSLEY THE FUNDING IS LATER IN THE BILL IT’S FUNDED WITH $2 MILLION $2 MILLION WORTH OF RDA APPROPRIATIONS THIS FUND TO HELP WITH CITIES THAT ARE GOING TO BE TRANSITIONING AWAY FROM FOSSIL-BASED FUELS INTO A DIFFERENT ECONOMY IN PARTICULAR IN SEN. HOUSLEY’S DISTRICT I BELIEVE THAT’S THE ALAN KING PLANT THAT IS GOING TO BE DECOMMISSIONED THERE WAS DISCUSSION IN COMMITTEE AND HAVING GENERAL FUND APPROPRIATIONS FOR OTHER PLANTS INCLUDING THE PLANT THAT IS LOOKING AT DECOMMISSIONING AND SEN. INGEBRIGTSEN’S DISTRICT. THE NEXT SECTION MEMBERS IS A SECTION 3 THIS IS THE PRAIRIE ISLAND NET ZERO PROJECT A TOTAL OF $46.2 MILLION IS APPROPRIATED FROM THE RDA ACCOUNT FOR THE PRAIRIE ISLAND TRIBE THIS IS FOR THEM TO GO TO NET ZERO NET ZERO CARBON EMISSIONS THEY WILL BE THE FIRST NATIVE AMERICAN COMMUNITY IN THE NATION TO DO SO AND THEY WOULD BE A TEST SOMEWHAT OF A TEST PROJECT IN A SMALL-SCALE FOR WHAT COULD BE DONE TO CHANGE OUR ENERGY USE TO A NET ZERO SITUATION. SECTION 4 IS A PROVISION FOR XCEL ENERGY AS A RESULT OF THE COVID 19 VIRUS 19 VIRUS XCEL ENERGY ANNUALLY AS A NUMBER OF BONDING PROJECTS THEY WORK ON THROUGH THE STATE OF MINNESOTA THESE COULD BE PROJECTS MOSTLY DEALING WITH TRANSMISSION BUT OTHER PROJECTS THEY HAVE THEY GO THROUGH EACH OF THE COUNTIES FOR AUTHORIZATION PURPOSES THIS DOESN’T SUBVERT THAT AUTHORIZATION BUT IT ALLOWS THEM TO BEGIN THE PROCESS TO MAKE SURE THEY CAN GET THE BONDS AND WORK ON THOSE PROJECTS WHICH MEANS JOBS IN MINNESOTA ESPECIALLY DURING THIS TIME. SECTION 5 IS THE APPROPRIATIONS FOR SEN. HOUSLEY’S BILL AND ALSO FOR THE PRAIRIE ISLAND NET ZERO PROJECT AND LATER IN THAT SECTION STARTING ONLINE 6.28 IS A PROJECT THAT’S ACCOMMODATION ONE FOR SEN. DAHMS AND SEN. LANG THIS IS THE GRANITE FALLS HYDRO PLANT THEY HAVE AN INOPERABLE TURBINE AND THIS IS TO REFURBISH AND GET THAT TURBINE I THINK THEY BELIEVE THEY HAVE TWO TURBINES THAT ARE ACTIVE THIS BRINGS THE THIRD ONE ONLINE AND THIS FUNDING IS $2.75 MILLION TO GET THAT OPERATIONAL AND BEGIN GENERATING ELECTRICITY. MEMBERS IT’S A NEGOTIATED DEAL CERTAINLY OUR FRIENDS IN THE OTHER BODY HAD A LOT OF DIFFERENT PRIORITIES I HAD A LOT OF PRIORITIES I THOUGHT WERE VERY WORTHY BUT WE CAME TOGETHER AND SAID WHAT DO WE THINK WE CAN AGREE UPON SO THAT IS THE RESULT OF THIS BILL AND I WOULD APPRECIATE A GREEN VOTE THANK YOU. MEMBERS WE ARE ON HOUSE FILE 1842 SEN. HOUSLEY. THANK YOU MR. PRES. THANK YOU SEN. OSMEK FOR BRINGING THIS BILL. I WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK TO THE COMMUNITY ENERGY TRANSITION GRANT PROGRAM THE PROGRAM IS DESIGNED TO ASSIST COMMUNITIES IN THE STATE THAT HOST THE STATE’S LARGEST REMAINING POWER PLANTS FOR DECADES THE PLANTS IN THESE COMMUNITIES HAVE BEEN ECONOMIC ENGINES THAT A PROVIDED POWER TO THE STATE HIGH PAYING JOBS FOR WORKERS AND LOCAL TAX REVENUES TO THEIR HOST COMMUNITIES. EACH OF THESE PLANTS IS NEARING THE END OF THEIR LIVES AS THE STATE TRANSITIONS TOWARDS CLEAN ENERGY FUTURE ALL OF MINNESOTA’S LARGEST COAL AND NUCLEAR PLANTS ARE EITHER SCHEDULED FOR RETIREMENT OR WILL BE CONSIDERED FOR RETIREMENT IN THE COMING YEARS THIS TRANSITION LEAVES THESE COMMUNITIES WITH AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE THEY WILL FACE MASSIVE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT LAND USE AND PLANNING CHALLENGES THAT ARE TOO FAR FOR THEM TO HANDLE ON THEIR OWN IN MY DISTRICT THE CITY OF OAK PARK HEIGHTS IS HOME TO THE XCEL ENERGY ALAN KING COAL PLANT PROPERTY TAXES FROM THE PLANT ACCOUNT FOR 40% OF THE CITY’S ANNUAL BUDGET AND CONTRIBUTES A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF FUNDING TO THE STILLWATER SCHOOL DISTRICT THANK YOU AGAIN TO SEN. OSMEK FOR INCLUDING THIS IN THE BILL I REALLY APPRECIATED AND SO DO THE COMMUNITIES OF THE OTHER GRANT COMMUNITIES THANK YOU. FURTHER DISCUSSION ON THE BILL SEN. LANG. THANK YOU MR. PRES. THANK YOU MEMBERS. HERE I STAND ON THE SENATE FLOOR FOR THE FOURTH YEAR IN MY FIRST TERM AS SEN. I CAN TELL YOU THERE’S A FEW EXPERIENCES I’VE HAD HERE THAT A PALE IN COMPARISON TO WHAT’S BEEN GOING ON I WILL COMMAND SEN. OSMEK ON THE BILL HE PUT TOGETHER HE’S BEEN RIGHT ABOUT EVERYTHING HE SAID ABOUT THE BILL IT’S BEEN AGREED UPON BY THE HOUSE AGREED-UPON BY THE SENATE AND THE GOV. IS OKAY WITH IT IF WE PASS IT IN THIS FORM FROM THIS BODY TONIGHT IT WILL BE SIGNED INTO LAW. THERE’S JUST ONE THING THAT’S ONE THING THAT’S MISSING AND WHAT’S MISSING IS THE BENSON BIOMASS BUSINESS COMPENSATION PLAN EVERYONE KNOWS AS THIS BILL HAS PROGRESSED THROUGH THE LAST FOUR YEARS IT’S CHANGED VERY LITTLE IN FACT IT’S A TWO-PAGE BILL I DON’T EVEN NEED TO LOOK AT THE COMPENSATES THE BUSINESSES WE AS A STATE HURT WE MADE THE DECISION TO SHUT DOWN THAT POWER PLANT WE AS LEGISLATORS MADE WHAT I STILL THINK WAS THE RIGHT DECISION BUT AT THE END OF THE DATE WE NEED TO TAKE CARE OF THESE BUSINESSES WE PUT THEM OUT OF BUSINESS IN A TIME LIKE NOW IT’S TIME WE MOVE FORWARD AND TAKE CARE OF THESE PEOPLE. MR. PRES. I WOULD OFFER THE A3 AMENDMENT. SEN. LANG OFFERS THE A3 AMENDMENT THE SECRETARY WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT. SEN. LANG MOVES TO AMEND HOUSE FILE 1842 AS AMENDED 1842 AS AMENDED PURSUANT TO RULE 45 ADOPTED MAY 16TH AS FOLLOWS PAGE 5 AFTER LINE 23 LINE 23 INSERT THIS IS AMENDMENT THREE. THREE. TO THE AMENDMENT SEN. LANG. THANK YOU MR. PRES. THIS IS NOT THE WAY I WANT THIS BILL TO BE ATTACHED THIS IS NOT THE WAY I WANT MONEY TO COME OUT OF THE RENEWABLE DEVELOPMENT FUND THE ACCOUNT OR FUND WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL IT THIS IS NOT THE RIGHT WAY TO DO IT WE SHOULD DO PASS THIS AS A BODY WE SHOULD PASS IT AS A BODY THREE YEARS THREE YEARS AGO AND THOSE BUSINESSES SOME OF THEM NOW MAY STILL BE WORKING N A BETTER WAY THAN THEY ARE. THE BILL ITSELF HAS REMAINED UNCHANGED IT’S $40 MILLION FROM THE RENEWABLE DEVELOPMENT ACCOUNT THAT WILL GO INTO A FUND THAT’S DISTRIBUTED BY THE ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE EACH ONE OF THESE BUSINESSES THAT HAS ANY ACCEPTABLE LOSS WILL APPEAL TO THE ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE AND THEY WILL MOVE ON FROM THAT POINT AWARDS WILL BE GIVEN TO PEOPLE THAT DESERVE THE AWARDS. WITH THAT MR. PRES. I WOULD STAND FOR ANY QUESTIONS. MEMBERS WE ARE ON THE A3 AMENDMENT DISCUSSION SEN. OSMEK A. THANK YOU MR. PRES. SEN. LANG I’M SURE YOU’RE NOT SURPRISED I NEED TO OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT. IT IS A BECAUSE WE DON’T HAVE THE MONEY IT ISN’T BECAUSE I DON’T WANT TO DO IT, IT’S BECAUSE THIS IS A NEGOTIATED AGREEMENT AND THE OTHER BODY AS WELL AS THE GOV.’S OFFICE HAS EXPRESSED CONCERNS WE HAD A HEATED DISCUSSION IN THE RETIRING ROOM TODAY WE ALSO HAD A CONVERSATION WITH THE OTHER BODY AND THE GOV.’S OFFICE THIS AFTERNOON AT ABOUT 415 THEY ARE 415 THEY ARE NOT BUDGING AND I WOULD NOTE WE HAVE PASSED IT PREVIOUSLY IT MADE IT INTO E PASTORED INDEPENDENTLY WE ALSO PASSED IT AS PART OF THE 2018 2018 OMNIBUS FINANCE BILL IN IT MADE IT TO THE GOV.’S DESK UNFORTUNATELY THE GOV. VETOED THIS AND HE VETOED A LOT OF GOOD PROJECTS AND A LOT OF GOOD IDEAS IN THAT 2018 BILL ON HIS WAY OUT OF OFFICE GOV. DAYTON GAVE US A PRESENT OF NOT GETTING THINGS DONE AND THAT’S THE SIMPLE TRUTH. WE GOT THINGS DONE IN 2018 THIS WAS 2018 THIS WAS ONE OF THEM AND THE VETO CAUSED A LOT OF PROBLEMS AND IT TOOK THIS WITH IT IT’S VERY UNFORTUNATE BUT FORTUNATELY FOR THIS MOMENT IN TIME I DO HAVE TO OPPOSE IT I WILL CONTINUE SEN. LANG TO ASK WHAT WE CAN DO AND I THINK THERE’S A COUPLE OF NEW OPTIONS TODAY I THOUGHT UP AND SEN. SENJEM THOUGHT UP WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK TOWARDS THIS BUT UNFORTUNATELY WE DON’T HAVE TWO ADDITIONAL PARTNERS TO BE ABLE TO GET THAT DONE TODAY I APPRECIATE IT BUT I RESPECTFULLY ASK A NO VOTE. MEMBERS I HAVE A LIST OF MEMBERS WHO WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK ON THE AMENDMENT FIRST IS SEN. FRENTZ THEN SEN. SIMONSON. THANK YOU MR. PRES. THANK YOU SEN. LANG FOR YOUR PASSION ON THIS ISSUE THANK YOU SEN. OSMEK FOR BRINGING THE BILL FORWARD AFTER MAKING THE DEAL I’M ASKING MEMBERS TO VOTE NO ON THE AMENDMENT NOT BECAUSE IT’S NOT A GOOD PROJECT I’M ASKING MEMBERS TO VOTE NO HERE IS WHY. IT WILL KILL THE BILL I SPOKE WITH COMMISSIONER KELLY TODAY WE WERE IN TOUCH WITH OUR PARTNERS IN THE HOUSE THERE’S NO QUESTION AN AMENDMENT GOING ON HERE WILL MEAN THE BILL DOES NOT PASS THIS YEAR THAT DOES NOT ANYWAY TAKE AWAY FROM THE QUALITY OF THE PROJECT SEN. LANG IS PROPOSING AND YOU CAN COUNT ON MY SUPPORT FOR ANY TIME IT COMES FORWARD AS PART OF ANY BARGAIN I’D LIKE TO MENTION THE VALUE OF EMPOWERING CHAIRS IN THE SENATE I KNOW I’M A FRESHMAN I HOPE TO BE A CHAIR SOMEDAY AND WE HAVE TO HAVE OUR CHAIRS HAVE THE ABILITY TO MAKE THESE DEALS WHILE I DO NOT ALWAYS AGREE WITH SEN. OSMEK I DID ON THIS ONE AND IF WE UNDERMINE THE CHAIRS BY ADDING AMENDMENTS TO DEALS THEY’VE MADE IT WILL BE HARDER EVERY TIME FOR SENATORS TO MAKE DEALS WITH THE ADMINISTRATION AND THE HOUSE THOSE OF THE REASONS THAT I THINK THE TIME IS NOT RIGHT FOR THIS AMENDMENT TO BE ADDED I WANT TO THANK YOU SEN. LANG AGAIN FOR YOUR PASSION FOR THIS AND THE QUALITY OF THE PROJECT THANK YOU MR. PRES. NEXT ON THE LIST IS SEN. SIMONSON AND THEN SEN. DAHMS. THANK YOU MR. PRES. AND MEMBERS SEN. LANG I AGREE WITH EVERYTHING YOU SAID. I WISH WE HAD GOTTEN THIS DONE IN 2018 AS 2018 AS YOU AND SEN. OSMEK HAVE REFERENCED WE WERE REALLY CLOSE TO GETTING THAT DONE. I UNDERSTAND AS MINORITY LEAD I’M ENERGY COMMITTEE WE’VE TALKED ABOUT THIS ISSUE FOR AT LENGTH FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS AND YOU ARE RIGHT WE DID SHUTDOWN THIS PLANT AND THE CLOSURE OF THAT PLANT HAD A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON A DIRECT IMPACT ON LOCAL BUSINESSES AND SECONDARY AND TERTIARY BUSINESSES. I AGREE WITH YOU THERE IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO HELP THEM IN THAT OPPORTUNITY IS ONLY GETTING FARTHER AND FARTHER AWAY IT SEEMS. I THINK MANY FOLKS ON MY SIDE OF THE AISLE WOULD AGREE THERE ARE THINGS WE SHOULD DO AND THINGS WE CAN DO TO HELP THESE BUSINESSES I THINK THERE IS OPPORTUNITY FOR DEBATE AS TO HOW WE PAY FOR IT WE CAN FIGURE THAT OUT BUT I CAN ASSURE YOU I WOULD COMMIT TO WORKING WITH YOU AND SEN. OSMEK AS WE GO FORWARD IF THERE’S AN OPPORTUNITY TO FIND AN AVENUE TO DO SOMETHING I WOULD COMMIT TO HELPING GET THAT DONE. THE UNDERLYING BILL IS A BIT OF A HOUSE OF CARDS AND WE HAVE TO HOLD IT TOGETHER THESE ARE GOOD PROJECTS IN THE UNDERLYING BILL WE WANT TO SEE THEM GET ACROSS THE FINISH LINE WE DON’T WANT TO JEOPARDIZE THAT SO UNFORTUNATELY I WOULD HAVE TO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT AND ASK MEMBERS FOR A RED VOTE. FURTHER DISCUSSION ON THE A3 AMENDMENT SEN. DAHMS. THANK YOU MR. PRES. AND MEMBERS I RISE AND ASKING WE CAN FIND A WAY TO GET THIS TAKEN CARE OF IT’S BEEN A VERY IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION WE’VE BEEN KIND OF KICKING THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD THE LAST THREE YEARS THIS IS AN IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION NOT JUST FOR SEN. LANG BUT FOR THE SENATORS IN THAT AREA SOUTH OF LANG’S DISTRICT AND NORTH OF LANG’S DISTRICT IT’S IMPORTANT WE GET SOMETHING DONE HERE I’M NOT SURE WHAT THE SOLUTION IS BUT IN MY OPINION WE NEED TO FIND SOME WAY TO GET THIS TAKEN CARE OF AND I HOPE IF WE CAN’T DO IT HERE WE COULD DO IT SOME OTHER WAY BUT I HOPE WE GET THIS TAKEN CARE OF IN THE NEXT FIVE OR SIX HOURS THANK YOU MEMBERS. NEXT IS SEN. ROSEN FOLLOWED BY SEN. WESTROM. THANK YOU MR. PRES. I STAND IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT I BELIEVE THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT THE RDA SHOULD BE USED FOR AND WE MADE A MISTAKE IT WAS AN EXPERIMENT IN THERE WAS A TERRIBLE COST AND WE OUGHT TO THESE BUSINESS OWNERS THAT INVESTED IN OUR POLICY GOING FORWARD AND IT FAILED IT CAME OUT OF THE RDA CREATION AND I REMEMBER IN 2011 AND 12 I 12 I WAS VERY PROTECTIVE OF THE RDA PROGRAM SEN. MARTY CAN ATTEST TO THAT I’M VERY PURE ON THIS THIS IS THE PERFECT PLACE WHERE THIS MONEY SHOULD COME OUT OF FOR THE BUSINESS OWNERS THAT BELIEVED AND INVESTED IN A PROJECT THAT UNFORTUNATELY DID NOT WORK AND UNFORTUNATELY TO I HAVE NOT HEARD ONE GOOD EXCUSE ONE GOOD EXCUSE FROM THE COMMISSIONER OR THE HOUSE AND THIS NEGOTIATED DEAL WHY THEY WILL NOT MAKE THE BENSON BIOMASS HOLE AND WHY IT CAN’T COME OUT OF THE $58 MILLION $58 MILLION THAT STILL REMAINING IN THIS FUND SO MEMBERS I STAND IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS I BELIEVE THERE SOME GOOD PROJECTS IN SEN. OSMEK’S BILL BUT THIS ONE ONE SHOULD HAVE HAD THE SUPPORT FROM ALL THE COMMISSIONER THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE BECAUSE OBVIOUSLY WE DID MAKE A MISTAKE. NEXT SEN. WESTROM ARE YOU SPEAKING TO THE AMENDMENT SEN. WESTROM THEN SEN. PRATT. MR. PRES. I WOULD ALSO RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT. MEMBERS CERTAINLY THERE’S ANGST ABOUT HOW TO USE THE RENEWABLE DEVELOPMENT ACCOUNT FORMALLY THE RENEWABLE DEVELOPMENT FUND BUT GOING DOWN MEMORY LANE THE NAME RENEWABLE DEVELOPMENT FUND SHOULD ENCAPSULATE IT ALL. WHEN WE PASSED THE PRAIRIE ISLAND BILL IN 2003 THE PRAIRIE 2003 THE PRAIRIE ISLAND SECOND BILL THAT’S WHERE THE RENEWABLE DEVELOPMENT FUND GETS ITS MONEY FROM THE FIRST BILL WAS PASSED IN 1994 LATER CHANGED FROM RDF TO RDA BUT MEMBERS THE WHOLE PREMISE OF THAT BILL THE RDF FUND THE DEVELOPMENT AND RESEARCH FOR NEW RENEWABLE ENERGY WAS PART OF THE EFFORT OF THIS LEGISLATURE HAS PASSED TWO DIFFERENT TIMES IN EXCHANGE FOR HAVING TO FIND ANOTHER PLACE TO STORE NUCLEAR WASTE OUT OF THE STATES THIS WAS THE DEAL AND THE COMPROMISE AND A LOT OF HARD NEGOTIATIONS HARD FEELINGS WHEN INTO THESE BILLS. THE IDEA WAS LET’S ALSO FIND WAYS TO DEVELOP COMPETITIVE NEW RENEWABLE ENERGY FAST-FORWARD SOMEWHERE AROUND 2001 OR 2003 2001 OR 2003 THE LEGISLATURE 2003 THE LEGISLATURE HAD TO CHANGE THE 50 MW BASELOAD 50 MW BASELOAD BIOMASS SO A NEW PLANT FROM ENGLAND THAT WE HAD IN FRONT OF OUR AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE IN THE HOUSE AT THE TIME TALKED ABOUT BURNING TURKEY LETTER SEEM KIND OF A FOREIGN CONCEPT IT WAS A FOREIGN CONCEPT BECAUSE WE HAD THEM COME IN FROM ENGLAND TO TELL US ABOUT IT SOMETHING THEY HAD DONE OVER THERE. LONG STORY SHORT THE LEGISLATURE AFTER A YEAR OR TWO OF LOOKING TWO OF LOOKING AT THIS MODIFIED THE CONTRACT WITH XCEL ENERGY ALLOWING THE TURKEY LETTER TO BE PART OF THE SOURCE OF THE 50 50 MW BASELOAD ENERGY FROM A BIOMASS PRODUCT. I WAS AT THE RIBBON-CUTTING THE GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY OF THE NEW PLANT IN BENSON JUST OUTSIDE OF MY SENATE DISTRICT SOUTH OF WHERE I LIVE A LOT OF OPTIMISM A LOT OF GREAT HOPE, BUT AS SOME RESEARCH GOES MEMBERS THINGS DON’T WORK OUT. THIS DIDN’T WORK OUT 20 YEARS 20 YEARS LATER IT’S UNFORTUNATE THEY HAD TO MOTHBALL A BRAND-NEW PLANT THAT WAS BUILT HERE IN MINNESOTA BUT IN THAT PATHWAY THERE WAS A LOT OF HURT PEOPLE AND BUSINESSES BUT MEMBERS DON’T GET DOOM AND GLOOM OVER THIS THERE IS NO WAY TO FIND PROGRESS IF YOU AREN’T WILLING TO FIND SOME FAILURES AND LEARN FROM IT. HENCE THE NAME RENEWABLE DEVELOPMENT F FUND. DEVELOPING AND RESEARCHING RENEWABLE ENERGY IS NOT GOING TO ALWAYS BE 100% GAME JUST LIKE IT ISN’T IN ANY ENERGY THEY RESEARCH DEVELOPING NUCLEAR ENERGY YEARS AGO WASN’T 100% GAIN BUT YOU GET TO WHERE YOUR PROGRESS IS BY LEARNING FROM YOUR FAILURES PART OF THE FAILURE IS ALSO PAYING FOR THE RESEARCH AND THE COST CONSTRUED AROUND IT. THE COST THAT MANY INVOLVED IN THIS RESEARCH AND IT UP LOSING MONEY OVER. WE JUST WANT TO MAKE THEM WHOLE SEN. LANG HAS WORKED HARD ON THIS BUT FOR GOV. DAYTON VETOING IT FOR THE GOOD FOLKS OF SWIFT COUNTY BUT MANY OF THEM LIVE IN STEARNS COUNTY AND IN ITASCA COUNTY WHERE THEY BEEN PROVIDING SOME OF THE WOOD PULP FOR THE LETTER SO MEMBERS THIS IS ONE OF THOSE THINGS WHEN YOU’RE DOING RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT YOU BETTER HAVE THE STOMACH TO HAVE SOME EGGS AND THEN STAND BEHIND IT BECAUSE YOU ARE GOING TO GET RESEARCH AND RENEWABLE DEVELOPMENT IF YOU THINK IT’S ALL GOING TO WORK OUT PERFECTLY BECAUSE IT’S NOT AND THAT’S WHAT RESEARCH IS ABOUT. MEMBERS I WOULD URGE YOUR SUPPORT SEN. LANG WE GET IT ON HERE IF NOT HERE WE FIND ANOTHER PATHWAY TO HELP THESE PROJECTS THAT’S PART OF THE WHOLE SPIRIT OF THE RENEWABLE DEVELOPMENT FUND I THINK IT’S APPROPRIATE WE FIX MOVE ON FROM THIS RESEARCH AND LEARN FROM IT AND CONTINUE DEVELOPING NEW AND EXCITING ENERGY ACROSS THE STATE OF MINNESOTA WHICH IS WHAT THIS FUND CAN DO MEMBERS I WOULD URGE YOUR SUPPORT. NEXT IS SEN. PRATT FOLLOWED BY SEN. JASINSKI. THANK YOU MR. PRES. SEN. LANG I APPRECIATE THE AMENDMENT I SUPPORT THE CONCEPT OF THE AMENDMENT AND SEN. WESTROM TALKED ABOUT THIS IS A RENEWABLE DEVELOPMENT ACCOUNT. WE ARE GOING TO TAKE CHANCES WERE GOING TO EXPAND WERE GOING TO ATTRACT NEW PROJECTS TO THE STATE AND WHEN THIS LEGISLATURE PASSES A LAW THAT SAYS WE ARE GOING TO DO THIS AND THEN BACKS OUT OF IT BECAUSE WE RECOGNIZE THE PROJECT IS A FAILURE THE RDA SHOULD IN FACT COVER THE WINE DOWN COST OF THAT AND THE IMPACT IT HAS HAD BECAUSE PEOPLE HAVE STAKED THEIR LIVELIHOOD ON THE VERY LAWS WE PASS. SEN. LANG I APPRECIATE THIS VERY MUCH YOU DESERVE TO BE MADE WHOLE BY THE RENEWABLE DEVELOPMENT ACCOUNT BUT THERE ARE TOO MANY GOOD PROJECTS IN THE CURRENT BILL THAT I CAN’T LET GO SO SEN. LANG YOU HAVE MY MORAL SUPPORT BUT MEMBERS I URGE A NO VOTE ON THE AMENDMENT. FURTHER DISCUSSION ON THE A3 AMENDMENT SEN. JASINSKI. THANK YOU MR. PRES. I STAND IN SUPPORT OF SEN. LANG’S A3 AMENDMENT I SPENT A LOT OF TIME AROUND SEN. LANG AND HE IS WORKED TIRELESSLY ON THIS PROJECT FOR HIS DISTRICT FOR BENSON FOR EVERY THING INVOLVED IN THIS HOURS AND HOURS OF TIME HE’S WORKED ON THIS BILL HE HAS WORKED DAY IN AND DAY OUT THE TIME HE SPENT IN THE SENATE SINCE HE’S BEEN HERE THREE THREE YEARS AS WE’VE BEEN HERE GOING ON OUR FOURTH YEAR THIS IS A HUGE THING FOR HIS DISTRICT AND HE’S WORKED AND WORKED TO HELP THE SMALL BUSINESSES THAT HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY THE CLOSURE I STAND IN SUPPORT IN FAVOR OF THE A3 AMENDMENT. MEMBERS IS THERE ANY FURTHER DISCUSSION ON THE A3 AMENDMENT? SEN. LANG. THANK YOU MR. PRES. I KNOW THIS ISN’T EASY IT’S NOT MY STYLE TO LEGISLATE THIS WAY EVERYONE’S BEEN WATCHING ME RUN AROUND THE RETIRING ROOM LIGHTING FIRES IN THE SENATE CHAMBER THAT’S NOT THE WAY I WANT TO DO THIS. WHAT I AM ASKING THIS IS GOING TO COME FROM THE DEMOCRAT SIDE IDENTIFY SAID THAT RIGHT SEN. DIBBLE THE DEMOCRAT SIDE I’M NOT SURE WHICH ONE IS WHICH I NEED SOME VOTES FROM DEMOCRATS ON THIS ONE I NEED YOU TO LOOK AT THIS SITUATION LOOK AT WHAT WE DID THINK WE ARE RIGHT I THINK OVER THE COURSE OF TIME WE HAVE A PROJECT LIKE THIS WE THINK MAY WORK WE DO IT AND IF IT DOESN’T WORK WE COMPENSATE THE PEOPLE WE HURT ALONG THE WAY THAT IS WHAT I WOULD CALL DOING THE RIGHT THING WHEN I’M ASKING FOR YOU TO DO IS THINK ABOUT THIS AND DO THE RIGHT THING. I WAS 15 YEARS OLD WHEN THIS PLANT STARTED 15 IF YOU HAD TOLD ME 15-YEAR-OLD ANDREW LANG HE HAD TO DEFEND SOMETHING FOR FOUR FOUR YEARS WHEN HE WAS 40 YEARS 40 YEARS OLD I WOULDN’T HAVE BELIEVED YOU I WOULD’VE SAID THE LEGISLATURE IS SMARTER THAN THAT THE LEGISLATURE IS GOOD ENOUGH TO KNOW WHEN THEY DID SOMETHING WRONG. WHEN THEY MADE A RIGHT DECISION AND HURT PEOPLE ALONG THE WAY THAT PLANT WAS A WASTE OF MONEY NOW WE KNOW THAT THAT’S WHY WE NEED THIS $40 MILLION TO GO TO THESE BUSINESSES AND HELP THEM SO WITH THAT MR. PRES. I’D ASK FOR ROLLCALL VOTE. ROLLCALL IS BEEN REQUESTED AND ROLLCALL WILL BE GRANTED ANY FURTHER DISCUSSION ON THE AMENDMENT SEN. OSMEK. THANK YOU MR. PRES. I WOULD LIKE TO MOVE FOR RECESS TO THE CALL OF THE PRESIDENT THE REPUBLICANS WILL CAUCUS IN THE SENATE BUILDING IN SENATE ROOM ROOM 1200 AS WELL AS ON ZOOM. SEN. OSMEK MOVES THE SENATE RECESS TO THE CALL OF THE PRESIDENT SEN. HAYDEN. THANK YOU MR. PRES. WILL SEN. OSMEK YIELD. SEN. OSMEK WILL YIELD. THANK YOU MR. PRES. AND SEN. OSMEK THIS IS KIND OF AN ABRUPT RECESS I’M TRYING TO GET SOME SENSE HOW LONG YOU THINK YOU WILL BE CAUCUSING TO TELL MY TEAM WHEN THEY SHOULD EXPECT TO COME BACK. SEN. OSMEK. SEN. HAYDEN I AM NOT SURE HOW LONG THIS IS GOING TO TAKE, WERE IN AN UNFORTUNATE SITUATION I WOULD ANTICIPATE PROBABLY WILL TAKE A HALF AN HOUR MAYBE WE WILL INFORM THE MINORITY AS SOON AS WE HAVE A TIMELINE I DON’T THINK IT WILL BE MORE THAN ONE HOUR I WOULD HATE TO VENTURE A TIMELINE WE HAVE SOME ISSUES TO DISCUSS. SEN. PAPPAS. MR. PRES. I AM NOT REMEMBERING DON’T YOU NEED TO SOMETHING WITH THIS BILL WERE IN THE MIDDLE OF AN AMENDMENT DO YOU NEED A LAYOVER OR SOMETHING I’VE NEVER SEEN US RECESS IN THE MIDDLE OF DEBATING AN AMENDMENT. SEN. OSMEK. MR. PRES. I REMOVED MY MOTION TO RECESS I WILL MOVE TO LAY THIS HOUSE FILE 1842 ON THE 1842 ON THE TABLE. SEN. OSMEK MOVES TO LAY HOUSE FILE 1842 ON THE TABLE ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE, THOSE OPPOSED TO TAKE A BRIEF PAUSE TOGETHER VOTES OF MEMBERS IN ALTERNATE LOCATIONS. RECEIVING A SUFFICIENT NUMBER OF AYE VOTES THE MOTION PREVAILS SEN. OSMEK. THANK YOU MR. PRES. I MOVE WE RECESS TO THE CALL OF THE PRESIDENT. SEN. OSMEK MOVES WE RECESS TO THE CALL OF THE PRESIDENT THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE THOSE OPPOSED WE WILL PAUSE MOMENTARILY. THE MOTION PREVAILS THE SENATE IS IN RECESS.


Reader Comments

  1. Go with the lower number you can always spend more if things go well but we are in a sun cycle that is terrible for raising crops and causes extreme storms. earthquakes, volcanoes and cosmic ray strikes. It is already predicted with solid evidence.

    50% of businesses were closed for good and those jobs are gone.

    US dollar reset means all pension money is gone but I bet the banks already withdrew those funds and put them in Gold Silver hoping to make a killing in the chaos and Businesses also closed because banks cut off all operating funds. They did it with funds held in trust that eminent domain all Reservations. If the State does not stop them afterword our bizzare laws will let whistleblowers get a share but the banks don't have to pay it back. Works with votes tampering too.

    Worse than the great depression please stop pretending this is not happening. It is life and death for a lot of the world.

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