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Office Dispute Adds Minn. Capitol Redo Uncertainty

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers have been told that a final decision on a new Senate Office Building must be made within weeks or a related renovation of the state Capitol will cost more and take longer.

The warning delivered to the Capitol Preservation Commission on Monday adds a new dimension to a politically charged debate over the office project. The building is supposed to cost $63 million with a separate parking complex increasing the project price-tag by $27 million.

Republicans are criticizing the Democrats who authorized it as supporting a lavish building. House Rules Committee approval of a design is the last known hurdle.

Senators are due to move out of the Capitol by June 2015 during the long-planned renovation and relinquish space in the remodeled Capitol because of the new building.

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