Created: 06/12/2014 6:30 PM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart
The last legal and political hurdles have been cleared so construction can begin on a new office building for the Minnesota Senate.
However, the building could be a significant issue for Governor Dayton and House Democrats as they run for re-election. According to our KSTP/SurveyUSA poll, 68 percent of Minnesotans disapprove of the building that will cost taxpayers $77 million. Just 18 percent approve and 14 percent are "not sure."
Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk (DFL-Cook) released the following statement:
“The SurveyUSA question fails to provide context to respondents. As a result of the broadly supported plan to restore Minnesota’s deteriorating State Capitol Building to better serve the public, most functions of the Minnesota Senate currently housed in the Capitol will be permanently displaced. By moving Senate functions out, the Capitol renovation will be able to expand public access, add more bathrooms, update safety and mechanical systems, and provide modern accommodations for people with disabilities.
The Department of Administration researched a range of relocation options to accommodate displaced Senate functions while ensuring open access to the public, and determined the construction of an adjacent Capitol office building to be the most cost-effective, long-term solution.”