Minnesota Legislature

by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter That the most ballyhooed vote of the legislative session could be only three days away has not escaped attention at the State Capitol. Vikings stadium advocates lined a committee room table at a media availability this afternoon (Friday, May 4), restating their cases for supporting the legislation that looks [...]

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by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter The long anticipated vote on the Vikings stadium is slated for Monday, May 7. Republican leaders on Thursday, May 3, dropped their recent proposal to use general obligation bonding to help to pay for the stadium, leaving the two stadium bills currently on the House and Senate floors awaiting [...]

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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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