After Senate Republicans came partway toward Governor Tim Walz on Monday by proposing 1.35 billion dollars for a bonding bill, the governor (Tues) stayed with the number he proposed last January — over two billion dollars. Walz says Minnesota must invest in its infrastructure, which will also create jobs.   As for Senate Republicans upping their number to 1.35 billion dollars, Walz says:

“I don’t think the best way to do it is to have a two-hour hearing and then throw in a couple earmarks to try and get a few votes, I will say that.”

There’s no comment yet from Senate Republicans. House G-O-P Minority Leader Kurt Daudt says he remains open to a bonding bill, if the governor and other legislative leaders are willing to discuss reducing the budget deficit and ending the governor’s COVID emergency powers.