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Chamber scorecard touts 2011 victories

On Monday the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce released its legislative scorecard for the first session since Republicans swept control of the Legislature in last year’s elections. Predictably enough, the ascendance of the GOP saw more of the statewide business group’s issues advance than in the past. In one sign of the times, this year’s scorecard tracked more bills supported than opposed by the chamber.

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Business groups remain aligned with GOP budget

As the Republicans and DFL Gov. Mark Dayton persist in a stalemate that could result in a government shutdown, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce President David Olson said he’s not getting pushback from his members on the Legislature’s central budget choice: to hold the line on tax increases.

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Shoving match over LGA

State lawmakers have made extensive cuts in aids and credits to local governments as a means of coping with multibillion-dollar budget deficits in recent years. And in view of the $6.2 billion budget deficit for 2012-13, more cuts to local government aid are looming. That specter is creating a surprising amount of factionalizing between business groups in different regions of the state.

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