ST. PAUL -- Gov. Jesse Ventura is loving this.
Legislators bobbled their chance to write a vetoproof bonding bill. Now, Ventura is positioned to shape the bill to his liking.
And he said Thursday, he may trim the bill, now valued at nearly $1 billion, down to a fraction of that size. He said he may put just one project in it, a $60 million laboratory for the state departments of agriculture and health.
"It may not even get to triple digits," Ventura said.
But the comment came after Ventura met with supporters of another project he favors, the Northstar commuter train. Though the Senate supports the proposed train from Minneapolis to St. Cloud, House members oppose it and have kept it out of the bonding bill.
Legislators blew their chance to craft a vetoproof bonding bill Wednesday when they disagreed about what parts of the state should first get a new emergency radio system. There's no longer time to override Ventura's vetoes before lawmakers are required to adjourn on Monday.
Meanwhile, half the Legislature on Thursday killed a plan to cut the Legislature in half.
Voting 72-58, the House decided not to give Minnesotans a chance to vote on whether they'd like a single-chamber Legislature. They sent the bill back to a committee, where it's expected to idle for the session's remaining days.
Its demise wasn't a surprise: Despite the late-session push in the House, the bill was never expected to pass the Senate.
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