The Minnesota Senate first overturned 18 months of negotiations, then flipped back tonight.
Senators adopted a "user fee" proposal offered by John Howe, R-Red Wing, thanks to a last-minute switch by Sen. Warren Limmer, R-Maple Grove. The Senate adopted the Howe plan 34-33.
Here was the vote:
Then, minutes later, led by Sen. Jim Metzen, DFL-South St. Paul, the Senate decided to reconsider the measure. After the most impassioned debate of the 9-hour discussion, the Senate returned to the electronic pull tab plan. The Howe plan went down, 30-35, in the reconsideration vote.
Here's the board for that tally:
It may have been the most dramatic 40 minutes of the stadium debate thus far -- only to leave the bill where it started.
Should have known it was too good to be true.
If the people wanted this more than good schools, they would have spoken. I guess.