[Representative Davnie posted this to the Seward Neighbors Forum. Watch for future updates in the Profile too.]As a way to try and reach out to neighbors in the heat of the legislative session so that you can better know what I am up to and what issues the legislature is struggling with I thought I would try posting my legislative newsletters to neighborhood forums.
- Money to start improvements on Veterans Affairs Building 17 at the Minnesota Veterans Home
- $5 million for a new hyperbaric chamber at HCMC. This chamber is used to treat victims of carbon monoxide poisoning, burns, and patients undergoing cancer treatments,
- $750,000 for completion of the Minneapolis Emergency Operations and Regional Fire Training Center,
- Funds for renovations at the Minneapolis sculpture garden, Orchestra Hall and Peavy Plaza.
This provides us with a great opportunity to expand public safety initiatives in Minneapolis while at the same time promoting cultural institutions like Orchestra Hall. A safe and secure city that offers unique cultural experiences will drive commerce and tourism.Unfortunately, the final bill left out the Midtown Farmers Market. I was disappointed by this omission. It is not unusual for it to take more than one attempt to secure bonding dollars for a project. I’ll continue to work with Market proponents and other stakeholders to find ways to support the Market. Governor Pawlenty responded swiftly even before the passage of the bonding bill. He sent a letter explaining rather than line-item projects out of our bill he would veto the entire measure. In an attempt to avoid a veto and keep open the opportunity for negotiations the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate agreed to hold onto the bill rather than move it along to the Governor’s desk. The bill’s authors have sent the Governor a letter asking him to identify, now that he has returned to the state, specifically which projects he objects to and where he wants more money spent. They have asked him to make this information public by noon on Thursday so that the Senate can begin the parliamentary process of reopening the bill for further negotiations. In a quick response the Governor has responded in part, pointing to his bonding proposal while also indicating a willingness to try to reach a compromise. I recognize that the people of Minnesota want the Governor and Legislature to act jointly in the interests of the state and to do so quickly. I hope that these recent developments help make that possible. Sincerely, Jim Davnie State Representative District 62A