Minnesota Legislature

by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter The 2012 legislative session will be remembered as the year of the Vikings stadium. Bolstered by saturation media coverage, the drive to build the $975 million stadium in downtown Minneapolis by the final weeks of the session towered over virtually any other issue before Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and the [...]

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by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter Sen. Kenneth Kelash in his farewell to his Senate colleagues last week recalled glancing at a book with the names of all the senators who’ve ever served in the Minnesota Senate. “My name is going to be in that book,” said Kelash, DFL-Minneapolis, reflectively. Kelash is one of the state [...]

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Thanks to the Minnesota Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton, Minnesota 10th graders will be able to take college-level accredited courses while  in high school, starting the next school year. This dual-credit program is a win-win for 10th graders who now will be able to earn high school and college credits, with the state funding the [...]

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by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter Sen. Julie Rosen summed up the most critical element of stadium legislation in four words. “We got it done,” she said. The Senate today (Thursday, May 10) passed the Vikings stadium conference committee report on a bipartisan 36 to 30 vote. Indeed, Democrats put up the majority of the [...]

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by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter Now it rests with the Senate. The Republican House today (Thursday, May 10) passed the Vikings stadium conference committee report after debating the legislation for the last time. The report passed the House on a 71 to 60 vote and now faces its last legislative challenge in the Senate later [...]

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by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont, and Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria stepped out the Senate Chamber shortly after 11 p.m. Wednesday (May 9) and headed down to a committee room where the stadium conference committee was meeting. “I think we have a deal,” said Rosen, pausing on the broad Capitol stairwell [...]

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by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter The voice of Minnesota was heard tonight, said Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton. The Republican House on Monday (May 7) passed a Vikings stadium bill on a bipartisan 73 to 58 vote — it was a stronger vote than anyone anticipated, said Dayton, speaking shortly after conclusion of the eight-hour House [...]

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by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter The Republican House today (May 7) passed a $496 million bonding bill containing a number of area projects. Included in the bill is $26 million for the North Hennepin Community College bioscience and health career addition, and about $1 million for the Anoka-Ramsey Community College bioscience and allied health [...]

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