A bonding bill for state public works projects remains in limbo as lawmakers continue a special session which Senate Republicans say will end by Friday for certain. House G-O-P Minority Leader Kurt Daudt says he’s open to allowing a bonding bill to move forward — but must first know when Governor Tim Walz’s COVID emergency powers will end and Minnesota’s economy will fully re-open:

“He has not engaged the legislature one bit about having that conversation.   So until that conversation happens, it’s very unlikely we’re gonna have a bonding bill.”

Republicans appear willing to break a self-imposed ceiling of one billion dollars for a bonding bill — Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka saying Friday he’d consider a package as large as 1.35 billion dollars. That’s still substantially less than what Democrats are seeking.