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Dayton’s Ire Looms As Legislature Races To Pass Budget

Minnesota lawmakers are starting a three-day sprint to hash out the specifics of a budget deal. Legislators were expected to return to the Capitol Saturday for a weekend of around-the-clock work to finish bills and pass a budget.

05/16/2015

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Long Talks In Private, Silence In Public Feed Budget Hopes

Discussions over how to spend $40 billion-plus of Minnesota taxpayer money have reached a sensitive phase where negotiators are keeping mum about the headway they’re making. With less than a week to get an on-time budget passed, leading House Republicans and Senate Democrats were expected back at Gov. Mark Dayton’s official residence Wednesday for a fresh round of talks.

05/13/2015

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Drones, Officer Investigations Up For Vote In Senate

Changes in law enforcement surveillance and internal investigations are on the docket at the Legislature.

04/23/2015

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Lawmakers Debate Bill To Cut Minimum Wage For Tipped Employees

The Minnesota House is debating a bill that could cut the minimum wage for some tipped employees.

04/22/2015

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Beneath Budget Dispute, A Tussle Over Regulatory Power

In their unfolding budget plan, Minnesota legislative Republicans are moving to strip powers from Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton, ranging from limiting his team’s authority to write regulatory rules to curbs on the administration’s staffing.

04/19/2015

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Talking Points: House Speaker Daudt Supports Sunday Liquor Sales

With deadlines looming at the State Capitol, the next few weeks will see heated debate over what to do with the state’s $1 billion budget deficit. And you will also hear debate over an issue that seems to come up every year — Sunday liquor sales.

04/12/2015

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Top Minnesota Legislators Seek Internal Umpire On Bill Costs

Minnesota lawmakers are moving ahead with a plan to swap out executive branch fiscal umpires who price out bills with an agency internal to the Legislature. The drive to put the power in a legislative unit is being led by House Speaker Kurt Daudt and Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk.

03/18/2015

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Gun Debate Primed To Heat Up Again At Legislature

Call it Gun Day at the Minnesota Legislature. A House panel is planning to discuss a handful of firearm-related proposals Thursday.

03/09/2015

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PODCAST PAGE-2-18-15 The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee

Miss Mark Dayton or Gopher Womens’ BBall Coach Marlene Stollings? Click the link above to listen to Dave Lee talk with them.

02/18/2015

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Ride-Hailing Regulation Debate Could Hit Capitol This Year

Minnesota lawmakers could decide whether to regulate the ride-hailing industry this year. House and Senate legislators say they plan to introduce bills soon to toughen insurance regulations for companies like Uber and Lyft.

02/12/2015

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Bill Would Have State Chip In For Employee Wellness Programs

Employers chipping in for their workers’ gym memberships could get state funding under a new bill at the Legislature. A pair of Minnesota lawmakers wants to reimburse small- and medium-sized businesses $40 monthly for gym memberships they cover for employees.

02/11/2015

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PODCAST PAGE: 1-6-15 John Hines For Dave Lee!

New Speaker of The House Kurt Daudt and Sarah Shahi join John Hines….click the link above to head to the Podcast Page….

01/07/2015

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Podcast Page: 1-5-15 John Hines For Dave Lee……

A frigid Monday…click the link above to hear Governor Dayton talk with John Hines.

01/05/2015

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Things To Know As Lawmakers Return

An altered power structure, new faces, old fights and an unrecognizable Capitol building will shape the Legislature’s 2015 session.

01/04/2015

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Researchers Present Final Report On Taconite Risks

A final report to the Legislature on a six-year, $4.9 million University of Minnesota study says the state’s taconite workers face higher risks from a rare form of lung cancer called mesothelioma the longer they’ve worked in the industry or if they’ve had above-average exposures to certain kinds of dust.

12/01/2014

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Get Ready For Disarray At Minnesota Capitol

The massive renovation hiding the graceful lines of Minnesota’s Capitol in protective wrap and bristling scaffolding has left the inside even more unrecognizable and uninviting as the Legislature prepares to spring back into action.

11/29/2014

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Walker, Republicans Can Move Quickly On Agenda

Gov. Scott Walker wants to move quickly in passing his second term agenda through a Legislature controlled by Republicans who tightened their grip on the majority with wins in the midterm election.

11/05/2014

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Democrats On Defensive In Battle For House Control

Control of the Minnesota House hinged Tuesday on fewer than two dozen races where loads of money fed fierce contests between the Democrats in charge and the Republicans looking to take over.

11/04/2014

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Wisconsin Shortfall Projected At $1.8 Billion

Wisconsin’s state budget will be nearly $1.8 billion in the red by mid-2017 based on a new estimate Monday, providing Democrats with more fodder to argue that Gov. Scott Walker and Republicans in control of the Legislature have mismanaged the state’s finances.

09/08/2014

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Podcast Page: The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee 5-22-14

Miss something from today’s show? Click the link above to head to Dave’s podcast page.

05/22/2014

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PODCAST PAGE: The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee 5-21-14

Minneapolis gets the SUPER BOWL! Highlights from today’s show can be found by clicking the link above!

05/21/2014

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PODCAST PAGE: The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee 5-20-14

Miss something from today’s broadcast? Click the link above to head to the PODCAST PAGE….

05/20/2014

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Group Praises Lawmakers For Progress On Hunger Issues

A wide-ranging group of anti-hunger advocates praised the just-ended Minnesota legislature Monday for making significant progress to help half a million hungry Minnesotans.

05/19/2014

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Podcast Page: The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee 5-19-14

Sid Hartman Day was quite the celebration! Listen back to highlights by CLICKING THE LINK above.

05/19/2014

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Dayton Confronts Bill Reeling In Minnesota Lottery

By landslide votes, lawmakers put Gov. Mark Dayton on the spot with a bill preventing the Minnesota Lottery from offering instant-play games online or selling tickets at gas pumps and ATMs. Dayton hasn’t indicated what he’ll decide, but his lottery director craves a veto.

05/16/2014

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