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Published March 23, 2011, 05:12 PM

MN Lawmakers Consider Flood Relief Bonding

Minnesota lawmakers are looking at spending $55 million from state-issued bonds to help pay for local projects around the state aimed at holding back rising flood waters and preventing flood damage.

By: Associated Press,

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers are looking at spending $55 million from state-issued bonds to help pay for local projects around the state aimed at holding back rising flood waters and preventing flood damage.

The Legislature's bonding committees held hearings on the projects Wednesday, even as flooding threats crop up around the state. The money in the bonding proposals would be distributed to a lengthy list of cities, townships and watershed districts.

Republicans who control the Legislature have been reluctant to support bonding projects this year out of a stated concern over accumulating further state debt. But the flood control projects may get special consideration given persistent flooding problems in recent years.

Local officials told the House Capital Investment Committee that the projects will protect homes, infrastructure and crops from rising water.

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