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by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol Reporter Chances of a special legislative session devoted to the Vikings’ stadium may be gone. Republican legislative leaders today on Wednesday, Nov. 2 left Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton’s office after an hour’s meeting complaining about the lack of a stadium plan, and the need for public hearings. “Without a plan, […]

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by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol Reporter Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton on Tuesday, Nov. 1 issued a statement regarding the Vikings’ stadium in which he said Republican and Democratic legislative leaders have indicated to him that there is not enough support in their respective caucuses to exempt either the city of Minneapolis nor Ramsey County from […]

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by T. W. Budig ECM Capitol Reporter A potential major funding stream for a new Vikings’ stadium dried up Tuesday, Nov. 1 with news that legislative leaders believe the only way the Republican-controlled Legislature would approve a local sales tax increase provision for a stadium is if voters first approve the measure. While Democratic Gov. […]

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by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol Reporter Opinions differ among area lawmakers in regard to the proposed special legislative stadium session, but a few themes recently emerged. In general, the lawmakers are not keen on Gov. Mark Dayton’s idea of calling a special session in November to address the Vikings’ stadium. Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer, R-Big Lake, […]

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by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol Reporter Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders emerged late morning on Friday, Oct. 28 after about a two hour meeting on the Vikings’ stadium. The lawmakers spoke of making progress on the stadium issue, but reported no breakthroughs. “It remains to be seen,” said Dayton of whether he will […]

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by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol Reporter Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak was the State Capitol on Thursday, Oct. 27 hawking possible Minnesota Vikings’ stadium sites in downtown Minneapolis. Vikings’ team officials indicated they’re not interested in any. But Rybak argued that the Vikings/Ramsey County Arden Hills’ stadium plan has struggled — no stadium proposal will be […]

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by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol Reporter Should a Lakeville resident want to have a poker club in their garage, that’s up to them, explained Sen. Dave Thompson, R-Lakeville. “I wouldn’t be interested in the police stopping that,” he said. But Thompson is against government urging people to make “bad choices” like gambling, and then scarfing […]

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by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol Editor The Dayton Administration on Wednesday, Oct. 26 announced $100 million in additional funding will be made available to small banks to loan as a means of helping cash-strapped Minnesota small business. The Small Business/Banking Partnership is administered through the Minnesota State Board of Investments and notching up the funding […]

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by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol Reporter A series of key Vikings’ stadium financial players met with Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton on Wednesday, some when stepping out of the Governor’s Office to face a line of TV cameras more talkative than others. Minnesota Vikings’ owner Zygi Wilf, after pausing for a Vikings’ official to say Wilf […]

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