Tons of work, and not much time to do it.
That’s what state lawmakers faced when they returned to the Capitol Today.
The Minnesota House and Senate have been on Spring Break and – with only five weeks remaining in the 2012 session, there is a big pile of unfinished business including a bonding bill.
That means deciding which state building projects get built and how much money to spend on them. The governor wants nearly 800-million, Republicans in the House and Senate far less.
A jobs bill is still up in the air. The governor wants tax credits for businesses that hire vets and recent college grads. Republicans say jobs will grow from phasing out state business property taxes. And that Vikings stadium? The hang-up there is where the government dollars will come from.
In fact, insiders are now predicting the whole mess will get resolved – not this spring in Regular Session, but in Special Session, after the fall elections.