This legislative session area residents will hear from our state legislators on a weekly basis and a large portion of what we hear will be about bonding as this is a bonding year of the two year biennium. Bonding is a way of funding projects of a public nature, like civic centers, highways or bridges. This year, Governor Mark Dayton intends to propose a $975 million bonding bill, pared down from $2.4 billion in construction-project requests for state money that have come from all corners of Minnesota. There is one proposed bonding project of note in our area, an expansion and renovation at the Miles Reif Center for the Performing Arts. Details about bonding bills are often lost in esoteric language and legalese at the state Capitol, which makes it tough for everyday citizens to understand the pricey taxpayer-funded proposals. Minnesota Senate officials have unveiled www.Build.MN which allows users to easily search for projects being sought for their region of the state. The site also features a latest-info section and explains the bonding process in a series of FAQs.