State Rep. Jeff Backer, one of the members of the New House Republican Caucus. (Photo: Marshall Hoffman)

Following the lead of Minnesota House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt, Republican State Representative Jeff Backer of Browns Valley told the KMRS Legislator’s Corner this weekend that Governor Tim Walz needs to end his emergency powers and work with the legislature before he will support any bonding bill for public works projects.

“Right now it really depends on, first of all, if the governor will come back and let us do what we need to do and work together,” said Backer. “If that doesn’t happen, no, definitely there will not be a bonding bill. Unh-uh. No. We had to draw the line in the sand.”

Backer claimed the governor himself had asked House Republicans to be mindful of the balance of power when he spoke before their caucus. Backer said the move was designed to remind the governor of that. With the Legislature set to officially adjourn on May 18, Backer said a special session is likely.


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