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No Special Session to save bonding, tax bills

No Special Session to save bonding, tax bills

Dayton said he has given up hope of calling a special legislative session to pass tax breaks and millions of dollars in statewide construction projects after last-ditch negotiations with legislative leaders failed to break the deadlockContinue reading

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Outstate cities press for legislative action in Minnesota

Outstate cities press for legislative action in Minnesota

City officials from around the state lobby for more spending in rural areas.Continue reading

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Lawmakers: Time to talk state budget

Lawmakers: Time to talk state budget

With the second committee deadline of the 2016 session looming, the Minnesota Legislature is about half way through its 11-week session.
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DFL leaders: Here are our goals for this year’s legislative session

DFL leaders: Here are our goals for this year’s legislative session

State leaders pledge to make clean water a priority in this year’s legislative session.Continue reading

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As session nears, local officials talk needs

As session nears, local officials talk needs

Ecklund, Bakk talk buffers and bondingContinue reading

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Legislature Passes “Historic Step Backwards” On Environment

Legislature Passes “Historic Step Backwards” On Environment

A revolt among Minnesota Senate Democrats failed to stop the passage on an environmental bill early Saturday morning. Debate on the legislation which DFL Sen. Scott Dibble had called a “historic step backwards” for the environment forced what was supposed to be a one day special session into the early hours of Saturday morning.
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Key issues stall in Minnesota Legislature

Key issues stall in Minnesota Legislature

Outlet: Star Tribune By: Baird Helgeson Published: March 30, 2014 “Majority leaders try for agreement after new building and minimum wage talks stagnate.” Read more here…

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How Will the Environment Fare this Session?

How Will the Environment Fare this Session?

“Is there anything else for the good of the order? If not, see you all in January” Senate Majority Leader Nick Coleman November 1972* Forty years ago the brash Irish advertising man from St. Paul, Nick Coleman, concluded the “Liberal”… Continue reading

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Leadership Takes Shape

Leadership Takes Shape

Last week’s election saw another Minnesota progressive wave sweep the DFL party into the majority in both the House and the Senate.Continue reading

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