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Senate Democrats add full Capitol restoration project to tax bill

FL Sen. Ann Rest offered an amendment to the omnibus Senate tax bill on Wednesday that would pay cash for the $203 million remaining on repairs to the more than 100-year-old building, as well as allow the state to enter a lease-to-purchase agreement to construct a new office building near the Capitol. Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk said he didn't want to see the project, a priority for all four legilsative caucuses and Gov. Mark Dayton, held hostage in end-of-session negotiations.

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Bonding 2013: Dayton, House go large

When it comes to bonding in Minnesota this year, everyone can agree on one thing and one thing only: Capitol restoration. The slated set of repairs to the 108-year-old building has support from Gov. Mark Dayton and Republicans and Democrats in both the House and Senate.

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Bonding: On second thought…

Next week Gov. Mark Dayton is expected to detail exactly what he’d like to see in a bonding bill this year. On Tuesday he provided a sneak preview, indicating that the capital investment package would be worth roughly $750 million. That’s a 50 percent increase over what was proposed in his initial budget in January.

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Universities make their bonding pitch

As the House Capital Investment Committee reviewed higher education bonding requests during a Tuesday morning hearing, one legislative newcomer spoke up to pose a question. Freshman Rep. Jay McNamar, DFL-Elbow Lake, asked whether the projects under consideration had been “bid out” already.

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Capitol needs bonding dollars this year

The prospects for a bonding bill in the 2013 legislative session remain far from certain. But many observers think the state Capitol building is in line for about $100 million in bonding money from any package the Legislature ultimately concocts.

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Bakk on Session ’13: ‘An honest budget’

As DFL legislative leaders prepare for the start of session next Tuesday, fixing the state’s general fund budget – $1.1 billion in deficit, and plagued by a decade’s worth of patchwork repairs – is the job that’s most on the minds of DFL Senate Majority Leader-elect Tom Bakk.

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Beyond the budget 2013

The path through any budget session leads to a negotiating table at which the governor and legislative leaders work out the most politically palatable taxing and spending deal they can muster. But the budget is never the only game in town. Before the session endgame gets played out, a network of committees will play host to various and sundry dramas involving policy issues before state government.

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