Among the legislature’s unfinished business from the just-ended regular session is an off-year bonding bill for state public works projects — which backers want on the agenda for an expected mid-June special session to approve a new state budget.  House Speaker, Democrat Melissa Hortman, says she, Governor Tim Walz and Senate Republican Majority Leader Paul Gazelka…

“The three of us look forward to talking to (House Republican) Minority Leader (Kurt) Daudt and (Senate Democratic) Minority Leader (Susan) Kent about the capital investment bill.  That’s a whole new conversation that those individuals have to be at the table for us to have.”

Democrats need Republican votes to pass a bonding bill.  House D-F-Lers in mid-April proposed a roughly one-billion-dollar bonding package — double what Governor Walz recommended earlier.  It’s on the heels of last year’s record-breaking 1.9-billion-dollar bonding bill — and key players in the Senate have been reluctant to follow that with another large package this year.