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Lawmaker Cited For Making Out Undecided On 2016 ElectionA Minnesota lawmaker cited for making out with a fellow Republican legislator says she's moving past the incident and isn't discussing any details.
Gov. Dayton Signs Bills, Avoiding Government ShutdownMinnesota Governor Mark Dayton today signed into law the budget bills passed overnight by a Special Session of the Legislature, avoiding a partial state government shutdown.
Lawmakers Hold Dramatic Special SessionMinnesota lawmakers are holding a dramatic special legislative session Friday -- three weeks after their regular session ended. Lawmakers are back in St. Paul to pass billions of dollars in budget bills to fund state government.
Minnesota DFL Cans Fundraiser Due To Looming Special SessionA Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party fundraiser featuring Gov. Mark Dayton and top legislative Democrats is off.
Final Push To Avert Special Session Stalled, Top GOPer SaysA top House Republican says lawmakers offered another $100 million for public schools in an effort to head off Gov. Mark Dayton's looming veto on an education budget.
House GOP Shuts Down DFL Education Spending ProposalHouse Democrats have the highest bid in Minnesota's education funding debate.
House Republicans Unveil Tax Relief PlanRepublicans in the state House unveiled a sweeping tax relief package Monday they hope will mean lower taxes for more than 2 million Minnesotans.
House Budget Calls For Tax Cuts, Slimming On Human ServicesMinnesota's top Republican leaders proposed Tuesday a budget that includes $2 billion in tax cuts.
Dayton Doubts GOP Commitment To Solving Road-Fund QuandaryFrustrated by a transportation plan stuck in neutral at the Capitol, Gov. Mark Dayton ramped up pressure Thursday on majority House Republicans to produce a viable alternative to his multi-billion dollar proposal for roadwork and mass-transit projects. Dayton joined Democratic Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk in questioning the GOP's commitment to tackling the transportation-funding issue this year as the session nears its midpoint.
House GOP Walks Thin Line In Doling Out Budget SurplusA projected $1.87 billion budget surplus puts majority House Republicans in a game of tug-of-war — not just with Democrats who control the rest of state government, but within their own party's competing and sometimes conflicting priorities over how much should be spent versus returned to taxpayers.
Big Gap In Road-Fixing Plans Means Bigger Fight At CapitolA wide gulf between how Republicans, Democrats and business groups want to tackle the state's multibillion-dollar backlog of road and bridge repairs all but guarantees that what's been billed as the biggest fight of the 2015 legislative session will live up to the hype. House Republicans unveiled a proposal Thursday that would tap a projected budget surplus and shave spending at the Department of Transportation to fund $750 million in repairs over the next four years.
GOP Majority Leader Calls For Unity In Minn. HouseMembers of the newly-elected Minnesota House took the oath of office in a major construction zone Tuesday. The Capitol is shrouded in scaffolding. Lawmakers and their families navigated closed-off hallways and long elevator lines to open the session. The new Republican majority selected Rep. Kurt Daudt as the powerful house speaker.