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In this undated photo from this year's session, Rep. Larry Howes, R-Walker, speaks in favor of a public works funding bill, which at that time has passed the House. Howes is critical of a $1 billion bonding bill supported by the incoming governor. Tribune photo

GOP frowns on a 2011 bonding bill, but door is open

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ST. PAUL -- Gov.-elect Mark Dayton wants the state to borrow $1 billion for public works construction projects around the state.

He should not get his heart set on it.

"We are so diametrically opposed," said Rep. Larry Howes, House chairman of the committee that would send projects to Democrat Dayton. "Someone has to give."

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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.
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