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The Capitol Note: Bakk cautions against spending surplus on tax cuts

1.) Three legislative caucus leaders are eager to go about repealing certain tax increases passed last year, but Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk is still hedging on the notion of giving up new revenue the state might need, according to ...

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MN United PAC releases ‘Minnesota 15’ list

On the same day the U.S. Supreme Court struck struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, the Minnesotans United PAC released the full "Minnesota 15" list of pro-gay marriage legislators who will be made "priorities" in their reelection campaigns. That list includes the five legislative Republicans who voted in favor of the bill and 10 rural Democrats serving in the House who could be vulnerable after casting their "yes" votes.

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Legislature finishes $38 billion state budget

It was four minutes to midnight on the final day of session when the Minnesota Senate passed the omnibus tax bill that wrapped up the Legislature’s work on the state’s $38 billion budget for the 2014-15 biennium. The down-to-the-wire finish followed a contentious final two weeks of negotiations between House, Senate and the governor’s office over the terms of final budget and policy deals.

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The fine print: Minnesota budget bills contain little-noted provisions

Traveling in the House and Senate budget bills are dozens of little-discussed provisions that could become sticking points in final negotiations.

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