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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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Gay marriage to get a vote on the House floor Thursday

The vote in the House will come just six months after voters rejected a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. House Speaker Paul Thissen has repeatedly said he will not bring the bill to the floor until he has the necessary 68 votes to pass the measure. The Senate is expected to take up the bill after the House, with Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk expressing confidence in its passage there.

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MN House rolls out higher ed budget bill

The state House has introduced a higher education bill that seeks to freeze tuition at the state’s two public higher education systems by increasing their funding. The House’s higher education budget bill increases funding for 2014-2015 by $150 million and gives most of the money to the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.

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