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May 7, 2012

Senate passes amended bonding bill

The fractious Minnesota Senate passed the bill 45-22 in an awkward session that saw more than half the Republican majority caucus vote against it. The bill garnered the votes of 27 DFL senators, but only 18 of the 37 members of the GOP majority.

May 4, 2012

Strange turns precede looming stadium vote

At first it was a “hare-brained scheme,” and then it was “absolutely worth considering.” At first it was roofless, and then it couldn’t be built without a roof.

May 3, 2012

GOP leaders scrap roofless stadium plan, set end-of-session path

An all-new Republican roofless Vikings stadium plan paid partially with state borrowing is now out of the picture and legislative floor votes are forthcoming on a $500 million bonding bill and the stadium proposal that has been working its way through committees all session.

May 2, 2012

Dean’s new stadium pitch upends push for House floor vote (by design?)

After months of negotiations between Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders on a Minnesota Vikings stadium plan, GOP legislative leaders upended the debate on Tuesday by unveiling a new proposal that relies entirely on general obligation bonds to cover the state’s portion of the project.

May 2, 2012

The end is near — isn’t it?

When the Legislature returned on Monday, it quickly became clear that lawmakers weren’t going to meet their own deadline. What follows is a series of vignettes from the past few days of action at the Capitol.

Apr 27, 2012

The 10 days that upended the stadium debate

When the sun rose on Tuesday, April 17, the slow death of the Minnesota Vikings stadium bill appeared complete at last.

Apr 26, 2012

Dayton, legislative leaders continue talks on tax and bonding bills

Gov. Mark Dayton and GOP legislative leaders met to discuss possible common ground on tax and bonding bills on Thursday afternoon. But with the legislative session expected to come to a close in less than a week, no deal appears imminent.

Apr 23, 2012

Paper Trail: New $433 million House bonding proposal

The bulk of the additional capital bonding proposals in the expanded bill go toward transportation, at about $100 million. There's also $30 million each for flood prevention, the University of Minnesota and MnSCU.

Apr 20, 2012

Session endgame stumps most observers

DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican leaders of the Legislature spent the week fielding questions about their close-of-session priorities, and lawmakers shuttled between news conferences and marathon floor sessions in both chambers.

Apr 13, 2012

Republican Claire Robling to retire from the Senate

After the state's new redistricting maps dropped in February, Robling said she planned to seek reelection to her Senate seat, which covers much of Scott County. But she says her interest in the job is "waning."

Apr 9, 2012

Dayton lays out parameters for end-of-session talks with legislators

Gov. Mark Dayton is not willing to dip into the state's budget reserves in order to pay for corporate tax cuts. The DFL governor reiterated that stance in a letter to House Speaker Kurt Zellers and Senate Majority Leader Dave Senjem on Monday.

Apr 6, 2012

Senate racino push at apparent dead end

The perennial bill to install slots in the state’s two racetracks was yanked from its first hearing in the Senate Education Committee amid fear that the committee’s conservative members would kill it early in the session.

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