Even more politics are swirling around a 1.8-billion-dollar bonding bill that awaits a vote in the Minnesota House after clearing a key committee. To attract Republican votes, House Democrats are apparently willing to include business tax relief — something Speaker Melissa Hortman isn’t enthusiastic about doing:

“It is not our first priority to cut taxes for businesses that are making money. It is our first priority to help Minnesotans improve their lives, and by that we mean individuals and families.”

A small number of Republicans are reportedly interested in Democrats’ offer, but the mainstream caucus says they’re not:

“It’s becoming a huge garbage bill and I don’t think you can sell the bonds with a bill that has all these unrelated issues in it.”

…Preston Representative Greg Davids. House Republicans continue saying they won’t help pass a bonding bill unless Governor Tim Walz gives up his COVID emergency powers.