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Minn. Lawmakers Jump Back Into Vikings Stadium

Minnesota state lawmakers waded back into details of the Vikings stadium project Tuesday, amid building concerns about the reliability of tax revenue from gambling to pay the state’s share.

04/02/2013

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After Break, Minn. Lawmakers Face Long To-Do List

For Minnesota lawmakers, spring break is over and the required end of the 2013 legislative session is not far around the corner.

04/01/2013

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Restaurants: Consider Tips In Setting Minimum Wage

A group of Minnesota restaurants is pushing the Legislature to factor tips into their proposal to boost the state’s minimum wage.

03/26/2013

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Gay Marriage Supporters Launch Statewide Ad Campaign

Supporters of gay marriage launched a statewide television ad campaign Monday to pressure Minnesota lawmakers for a vote this year.

03/25/2013

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Minn. Lawmaker’s ‘Gay Lifestyle’ Aside Stuns Peers

A Minnesota lawmaker opposed to gay marriage has caused another stir with comments some regarded as inflammatory.

03/11/2013

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Bi-Partisan Push To Bring Movie Making To MN

A bi-partisan group of lawmakers want your tax dollars used to fund major Hollywood movies. That may sound far-fetched but lawmakers say it’s a logical use of money from the state Legacy Fund that could create jobs.

03/06/2013

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Special Education Costs Vex Minn. School Districts

Minnesota’s legislative auditor says fast-rising special education costs are hampering the ability of school districts to reach other education goals, such as reducing class sizes.

03/06/2013

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Minn. Lawmakers Switch To Alternate Gun Plan

Fearing that broader restrictions on guns won’t pass, top Minnesota lawmakers on Monday tacked toward new legislation that avoids expanding background checks as their best bet to tighten the state’s gun laws.

03/04/2013

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Pranking 911? Minn. Bill Would Stiffen Penalties

Minnesota lawmakers want to put prank callers to 911 emergency lines on notice that future fake calls could come at a price.

03/03/2013

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Minn. Lawmakers To Take Up Silica Sand Mining Boom

Critics of a booming silica sand mining industry will ask lawmakers to hit the pause button Tuesday when the Minnesota Legislature holds its first-ever hearing on a subject that has so far been left up to local governments.

02/17/2013

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Minn. Lawmakers Seek To Lift Abuse Lawsuit Limits

A bipartisan group of Minnesota lawmakers want to eliminate a statute of limitations on the ability to file civil claims related to allegations of child sexual abuse.

02/13/2013

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Minn. Lawmakers Open Debate On Interest Disclosure

Minnesota lawmakers expect a tricky task when they begin refining legislation that more clearly define conflicts of interest and demands more financial disclosure from Minnesota public officials.

02/12/2013

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State Lawmakers Push Bill To Hire More Veterans

State lawmakers want to give Minnesota businesses tax credits for hiring veterans.

02/11/2013

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Minn. Lawmakers Weigh Medicaid Expansion

Minnesota lawmakers are moving this week to take the federal government up on a health care offer: By making more low-income people eligible for the Medical Assistance program they’re getting the U.S. government to temporarily foot the extra costs.

02/11/2013

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Minn. Lawmakers Want Tighter Database Security

A week after more than 5,000 Minnesotans found out that a Department of Natural Resources employee had looked up their driving or motor vehicle records, state lawmakers Wednesday announced their plan to curb abuse of databases.

01/23/2013

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‘U Of M’ President Defends Spending, Calls WSJ Report Misleading

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler addressed state lawmakers Tuesday and defended the University against charges made by a national newspaper.

01/15/2013

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Esme’s Blog: Gun Sales Soar

As lawmakers in Washington discuss how to keep guns out of the hands of disturbed individuals, gun sales are setting records the New York Times reports.

01/12/2013

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U Of M Responds To Report Criticizing Its Spending

The University of Minnesota is now defending itself against allegations of wasteful spending.

01/11/2013

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‘Bloat’ Criticism Could Hurt University Of MN At Capitol

State budget leaders have a message for the University of Minnesota: The money won’t come easy.

01/10/2013

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Minn. Senate Leader Wants Higher Amendment Bar

Following the failure in November of two constitutional amendments championed largely by Republicans, DFL lawmakers now at the Capitol’s helm said Thursday they want to make it tougher to put such measures on the ballot.

01/10/2013

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Latest Deficit Will Drive Minn. Capitol Session

New year, new faces, same old challenge in the Minnesota Legislature: a state budget that’s out of whack.

01/03/2013

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Latest Deficit Will Drive Minn. Capitol Action

New year, new faces, same old challenge in the Minnesota Legislature: a state budget that’s out of whack.

01/03/2013

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House Won’t Vote Before Midnight On ‘Cliff’ Deal

The House will miss the midnight Monday deadline lawmakers set for voting to avoid the “fiscal cliff.”

12/31/2012

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Lawmakers Call For Hearing Into Minn. Orchestra Finances

When the Minnesota Orchestra got $14 million in taxpayer funds to renovate its Minneapolis concert hall, they vouched for its financial stability at the time, citing “three balanced budgets in a row.” Now, some lawmakers want a hearing to investigate whether that was truthful.

12/20/2012

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Minn. Lawmakers Ease Off Constitutional Changes

Democrats taking over the Minnesota Legislature are avoiding bold promises to change the state’s constitution after voters decisively rejected two Republican-backed amendments earlier this month.

11/18/2012

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