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Special session: The imperfect storm

After several weeks of public posturing and private negotiations, Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders have agreed to hold a special session next month to deliver disaster relief funds to parts of the state hit by severe storms – and nothing more.

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Leaders in Public Policy winners will be honored on July 11

State Rep. Karen Clark, who was the lead sponsor of legislation legalizing same-sex marriage, will receive the lifetime achievement award as part of the fourth annual Leaders in Public Policy awards, sponsored by Capitol Report and Politics in Minnesota. Clark and the other honorees will be recognized at a ceremony at the Saint Paul Hotel on July 11.

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Dayton defends plan to increase income taxes on wealthy

The Democratic governor, speaking in front of members of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce on their day at the Capitol, outlined the broad strokes of his revised budget plan, due out this week. He said it will include about $1.8 billion in new revenue generated by an income tax increase on the top 2 percent of earners in the state and a proposed cigarette tax increase.

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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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