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Associated Press, Published May 20 2013

Minnesota Capitol renovation could get last-day rescue

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Legislature may resort to a stand-alone borrowing measure that would pay for state Capitol-related renovation costs and nothing more.

The Senate unanimously passed the measure early Monday, leaving it for the House to decide on the session's final day. No vote was expected in that chamber before afternoon.

The bill would authorize $131.6 million in bonds for the next phase of a long-running renovation project as well as a new parking ramp nearby. Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk and Senate Minority Leader David Hann say they were worried about a costly lapse in the project by doing nothing on the financing end this year.

House Speaker Paul Thissen says he's not sure if the House will go along. It takes a super-majority to pass.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.