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Final vote on stadium agreements delayed

The Minnesota Vikings franchise and the public authority that will own its new home are working to break ground on the downtown Minneapolis stadium later this year. But Gov. Mark Dayton’s call for an inquiry into the team’s finances is complicating an already difficult set of negotiations over final agreements for the use and financing of the stadium.

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Dayton spars with Vikings’ owners as vote on final stadium agreement nears

Gov. Mark Dayton is taking a hard line against the owners of the Minnesota Vikings in the wake of a New Jersey judge’s decision that the team owners are guilty of fraud and breach of contract in an unrelated apartment development deal. The discord is playing out as the state Sports Facilities Authority is getting set to vote on the final agreement on the specifics of how the team will use and finance the stadium.

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Politicos, as ever, flock to Farmfest

In the flurry of activity that closed out the 2013 legislative session, a sales tax on farm machinery repairs became part of the omnibus tax bill ultimately signed into law. Now that the tax is on the books and farmers are facing levies on the labor costs of having their tractors and milking parlors fixed, it’s no surprise that the 11th-hour development at the Capitol is one of the hot topics at the annual Farmfest expo near Redwood Falls.

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Forty-seven MN counties adopt wheelage tax

Forty-seven counties have taken the state up on its offer to allow them increase funding for transportation by imposing a wheelage tax. The omnibus transportation bill passed in the 2013 legislative session gave all 87 Minnesota counties that authority to pass a wheelage tax of $10 per car.

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Moody’s outlook on Minnesota improves

One of the big three New York bond rating agencies has improved its outlook on the state of Minnesota’s fiscal condition. Moody’s Investors Service revised its view of Minnesota’s financial status to “stable” from “negative,” which had been its view of the state since August of 2001.

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Dayton: Local property taxes will dip by $120 million

Gov. Mark Dayton and DFL legislators today took credit for a projected $121 million decline in property taxes for 2014. Republicans, however, flatly denied that the local property tax reductions will happen and Dayton conceded that only local elected officials, not state lawmakers, can reduce property taxes with the increased aid they get from the state.

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Transportation advocates assail MnDOT’s 20-year road plan

Transportation advocates in a number of regions of Minnesota are criticizing a draft plan by the state Department of Transportation that plots the future for investing in roads and bridges for the next 20 years. The draft plan calculates Minnesota's highway system is $12 billion short of the money it will need for upkeep through 2033.

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