Jim Knoblach: $90M MN Senate office building 'incredible waste' - KMSP-TV

Ex rep: $90M Minn. Senate office building 'incredible waste'

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

A former state representative filed a lawsuit Thursday in an attempt to stop the construction of a $90 million Minnesota Senate office building.

Jim Knoblach said construction of the building violates the single subject rule in the 2013 Omnibus Tax Bill. He said the subject of that bill is taxes, not new buildings.

Knoblach said the project never had its own bill and was pushed through with none of the scrutiny that would typically go along with such an expensive project.

The lawsuit names Gov. Mark Dayton and the administration commissioner as defendants, plus the state and Department of Administration.

"Spending $90 million on an office building to house a few dozen senators and staff is an incredible waste," Knoblach said. "We are not increasing the number of senators. Temporary difficulties due to the Capitol renovations can be met by sharing hearing rooms at the State Office Building and using other existing state buildings near the Capitol."

Knoblach said he is personally funding the lawsuit. He served six terms in the Minnesota House before declining to run for re-election.

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