Senate panel considers $77M office building

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Apr 7, 2014 at 12:41 pm

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Senate committee is about to take up a $77 million proposal for a building to house the state's 67 senators.

The House Rules Committee approved the plan Friday. It's about $13 million cheaper than the original proposal the Senate Rules Committee approved earlier this year.

Both panels must agree on the same plan before the project may move forward.

Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk said Friday the project is growing more expensive the longer it takes to break ground.

But Republicans are warning the new plan could wind up being more expensive than advertised. They requested administration and agency officials be at the Senate Rules Committee meeting to take questions on it.

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