Minnesota Legislature

by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter An attempt by Sen. Michael Jungbauer to override a veto of his fireworks bill by Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton fizzled Thursday, May 3, on the Senate floor. Jungbauer, R-East Bethel, his right arm in a sling from banging his elbow while working under a car, argued on the Senate floor […]

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by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton is willing to give the Republican stadium “switch-a-roo” a chance. Dayton spoke yesterday afternoon after an hour-long meeting with Republican legislative leaders in which the Republican proposal for using general obligation bonding as a means of paying for a Vikings stadium was discussed. Dayton, Democratic […]

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by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter It’s just another day at the State Capitol, said Vikings stadium front man Lester Bagley. Republican legislative leaders on Monday (May 1) proposed a dramatic shift away from the Vikings stadium legislation methodically crafted over past months and now awaiting action on Republican House and Senate floors. Instead of […]

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by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter The self-imposed Republican deadline for adjourning the legislative session on Monday, April 30, has been discarded. The Republican House and Senate will be back in session today (Tuesday, May 1) as Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican leaders continue to seek to reach agreement on the tax and bonding […]

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by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter Sen. Julie Rosen stepped outside of the Senate Tax Committee late Friday evening, April 27 after witnessing her Vikings stadium bill sent to the Senate floor. Rosen, for just clearing likely the last committee hurdle her high-profile bill needs to clear, was less than exultant. “I’m tired,” said Rosen, […]

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by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter A variety of resident and nonresident hunting and fishing license fee increases highlight the game and fish conference committee report agreed to by Senate and House conferees late Thursday, April 26. The report does not include the proposed early start to the regular fishing season — an idea proposed […]

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by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter Some 760 pounds of persuasion visited the State Capitol on Wednesday, April 25, to make a sales pitch for a new Vikings’ stadium. Accompanied by Vikings’ officials, Vikings’ star running back Adrian Peterson, linebacker Chad Greenway, and center John Sullivan spent about an hour at the State Capitol, visiting […]

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by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter Enter racino. The Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday, April 25, passed a Vikings’ stadium bill, but not before lawmakers amended it to include racino in the bill’s arsenal of gambling revenue generators. Sen. Sean Nienow, R-Cambridge, saw his racino amendment affixed to the bill during the sometimes raucous committee […]

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