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Sen. David Tomassoni of Chisholm, right, tells reporters Thursday he thinks Gov. Tim Pawlenty should keep a $1 billion bonding bill intact over using his line-item veto power. Also pictured is Sen. Keith Langseth of Glyndon. Tribune photo by Don Davis

Bonding bill passes despite gripes


ST. PAUL -- Republicans blasted a public works funding bill as being too expensive, but as the Minnesota House and Senate passed a revised measure Thursday, a Democrat delivered the most stinging speech against the plan written by his own party members.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.