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Larry Howes

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 6, 2012

Bonding, tax bills face tough going ahead of a hoped-for late April adjournment

Since the start of the legislative session, Republican leaders have promised an early adjournment. But with legislators vacating the Capitol this week for spring break, significant work remains to be completed.

Mar 30, 2012

Bonding: You can’t get there from here

About all the competing House and Senate bonding proposals share is a dim prospect for bridging their many differences with the other chamber’s bill.

Mar 29, 2012

Senate bonding bill heads to floor

The bill emerged largely as introduced Wednesday, except for a nominal amount of funds for a Mankato civic center, which supporters added as a placeholder Thursday morning.

Mar 21, 2012

House bonding package draws fire from all sides

In a year that would normally see a bill with a big price tag to pay for public construction projects, House Republicans have introduced a bonding proposal that seems destined to dissatisfy nearly everyone.

Mar 20, 2012

House GOP unveils $280 million bonding bill

The bill is nearly $500 million smaller than Gov. Mark Dayton's proposed bonding bill, and doesn't include a number of key projects.

Mar 7, 2012

As endorsing season looms, MN legislators scrambling to finalize election plans

House and Senate races across the state are rapidly shaking out after the release of the 2012 legislative map last month. And with local endorsing conventions set to take place throughout March, incumbents and challengers alike have little time to make decisions about their political futures.

Mar 5, 2012

Legislative contests come into focus

House and Senate races across the state are rapidly shaking out following the release of new legislative maps.

Mar 2, 2012

Good fences make good neighbors

Fiscal hawks at the Capitol may lock horns with Shakopee officials over a proposed $5.4 million fence for the women’s prison there.

Feb 24, 2012

Bonding awaits its turn at center stage

Though serious debate on a bonding bill remains weeks away, legislators and administration officials are already weighing their wish lists with an eye toward setting priorities for a capital investment package that is bound to constitute half a loaf for both sides.

Feb 22, 2012

Legislative map: All shook up

The most anticipated political event of the year at the Capitol — the unveiling of court-drawn state legislative and congressional districts that will be used for the next decade — arrived at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Feb 17, 2012

A stable budget and redistricting preoccupations leave the session’s endpoint in limbo

So far this session, Gov. Mark Dayton has steadfastly beat the drum for his legislative program to give a boost to the state’s job market: a bonding bill, a Vikings stadium and a jobs tax credit. The Republican majorities in the House and Senate, meanwhile, have pushed through committee numerous proposals that they contend will reduce the tax and regulatory burden on business and make government[...]

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