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Snake eyes on gaming?

For those who followed his promises on the campaign trail, Gov. Mark Dayton's budget proposal held few surprises, save one. Candidate Dayton included a state-owned casino at the Mall of America or the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in his campaign budget. At the time, he said such a casino could produce up to $80 million for the state in the 2012-13 biennium.

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Senate panel dismisses Newman ethics complaint

A bi-partisan Senate panel dismissed an ethics complaint against Sen. Scott Newman stemming from an email sent out by his office stating that he would not meet with any individuals or groups that supported his opponent in the November election. Following an occasionally contentious, five-hour hearing on Wednesday, the Senate Subcommittee on Ethical Conduct voted 4-0 that the Hutchinson Republican's behavior did not violate the body's rules.

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If Dayton won’t push gambling, who will?

Gov. Mark Dayton stirred the pot last week when he acknowledged he will not include revenue from gambling ventures in his budget presentation on Feb. 15. The news left disappointed advocates of gambling expansion fretting that the DFL governor may be yielding to his party's long-standing alliance with tribal gaming interests - which have given lavishly to DFL party units and campaigns in the past decade - in blocking incursions onto their turf.

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Dayton stumps for bonding plan

Gov. Mark Dayton got out ahead of the Capitol press corps this week when he issued a news release declaring his own bonding proposal "unusual." Dayton is calling for a big bonding bill in what is traditionally a nonbonding year, a gesture that stands in stark contrast to the approach of his Republican predecessor, Tim Pawlenty, who vetoed hundreds of millions of dollars worth of bonding projects in his day.

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GOP takes aim at budget-making process

If one thing is clear in the early stages of the legislative session, it's that the new Republican leadership in the Capitol has no intention of raising taxes to fix the state's projected $6.2 billion budget deficit. The question that remains, however, is how they plan to close the gap through cuts alone.

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