State House lawmakers are planning to vote Saturday on a $2.5 billion bonding bill to pay for state public works projects. House Republicans say they want to reopen Minnesota and won’t pass a bonding bill until Governor Tim Walz ends his COVID-19 peacetime emergency…

“And thus far there’s been an unwillingness of the DFL to acknowledge the arbitrary nature of these decisions and Minnesotans are getting unnecessarily and economically harmed.”

Representative Pat Garofalo. But Representative Jim Davnie of Minneapolis says the bonding bill will create jobs and without it…

“If we want Minnesota’s economy to come back, an unemployed construction worker doesn’t take the family to a reopened restaurant, doesn’t swing by the local bar for a beer with buddies.”

Senate Republicans have proposed less than a billion in spending for a bonding bill. And the current session is set to end Monday at midnight.