State Representative Jeff Brand of St. Peter called Governor Walz’s bonding proposal a responsible one. Brand says it’s a way for the state to help cities out with major but necessary expenses.

“There’s no doubt that the ear-marked money would go to a proper cause by setting towards emergency-type mitigation,” said Brand.

Brand hopes politics doesn’t get in the way of an opportunity to assist many Minnesota communities.

“I think it’s in the best interest of everyone to put aside the games and put the best offer forward,” said Brand. “It’s just like buying a house or a car. Put the best offer forward. Let’s not haggle.”

The Governor is proposing more than two billion dollars in projects. Senate Republicans would like to bond about half that much. The Minnesota Legislative session will begin on February 11th.