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Budget Deal

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Water Standard Delayed On Wild Rice Issue

Environmental groups are upset over a provision in Minnesota’s new budget that will delay enforcement of a water quality standard meant to protect the state’s wild rice beds.

07/27/2011

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Minn. Legislature Passes Tax Bill, Holds Local Aid

The Minnesota Legislature has passed a package of changes to state tax law that maintains state aid to cities and counties at levels from last year.

07/20/2011

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Lawmakers Convene To Vote On Ending Gov’t Shutdown

An end to Minnesota’s nearly three-week-long state government shutdown came into view Tuesday, when Gov. Mark Dayton called the Legislature into a special session to vote on a budget deal.

07/19/2011

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Seeds Of Future Problems In Minn. Budget Deal

Minnesota’s leaders made a deal that will probably end the nation’s longest state government shutdown in a decade, but they didn’t really solve their budget problem. Instead, they just shuffled it down the road to be faced another day.

07/15/2011

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Another Day, No Deal At Minn. Capitol To Avert Shutdown

Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders met briefly Monday, but kept a tight clamp on whether their private meetings have produced any progress toward a budget deal that would head off a government shutdown at the end of the week.

06/27/2011

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Minn. Budget Talks Break Up As Shutdown Approaches

Gov. Mark Dayton and top Republicans return to the bargaining table on Sunday as they try to avoid a government shutdown.

06/26/2011

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Dayton, GOP Meet For Daylong Budget Talks

Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders have broken from a day’s worth of budget negotiations as they try to head off a state government shutdown on July 1.

06/24/2011

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Govt. Shutdown Would Disrupt Camping Vacations

A government shutdown could disrupt the July Fourth holiday for those planning to use Minnesota’s 66 state parks and six recreation areas.

06/24/2011

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As Shutdown Nears, GOP Roads Lead Open On Spending

The Senate’s lead Republican on transportation is signaling openness to more spending than his caucus leaders have said they will agree to.

06/23/2011

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Court Weighs Minn. Budget Spat As Shutdown Looms

The budget spat between Minnesota’s Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican state lawmakers moved from the Capitol to a courtroom Thursday, with a judge warning that the stalemate threatens a state constitutional crisis with a government shutdown a week away.

06/23/2011

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Minnesota State Workers Prepare For Layoffs

We are exactly one month away from a state government shutdown if the Governor and state lawmakers can’t agree on a budget.

06/01/2011

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Dayton Faces Deadline To Act On K-12 Schools Bill

Gov. Mark Dayton is expected to veto the biggest piece of the Legislature’s budget on Tuesday — a spending package for public schools.

05/24/2011

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No Budget Deal Makes Minn. Special Session Certain

A special session for Minnesota state lawmakers is a certainty after the Legislature adjourned without a budget deal between Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republicans who control the House and Senate.

05/24/2011

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Disability Rights Group Briefly Shuts Down MN Senate

With less than two weeks left before the end of the session at the Minnesota Capitol, the budget is still up in the air. On Wednesday, a small group of people with disabilities came to protest the fact that state senators have been talking about a gay marriage ban instead of dollars and cents.

05/11/2011

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Sen. Klobuchar: Budget Deal Something Of A Roadmap

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar says the last minute budget deal reached Friday night will serve as something of a road map for an overall budget plan still to be worked out. The action averted a federal government shutdown.

04/09/2011