ST. PAUL -- A Senate committee gave St. Paul a leg up Thursday in the competition to be the Minnesota Twins host city that would occur if the Legislature approves a bill for a $300 million ballpark.
By adopting an amendment that excludes counties from making stadium site bids, the Senate Finance Committee handicapped Minneapolis, which is bound by a public project spending cap. The amendment, approved 18-12, also hurts suburban cities lacking the wherewithal of St. Paul. The bill itself passed 20-12.
The bill now goes to the Senate floor, but it could get bogged down in an unresolved battle over the state budget.
The bill's sponsor, Sen. Dean Johnson, DFL-Willmar, said no vote will occur until a budget agreement is in place.
On a 12-9 vote, the House Capital Investment Committee set that chamber's bill on the way to the floor.
Both plans call for a $150 million upfront investment by the team and private sources, but financing for the remaining half differs.
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