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Bakk: Pass New Money For Roads This Year Or Punt To 2017

Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk is cranking up the pressure to pass a major transportation package this year. The Cook Democrat said Thursday he thinks the Legislature will punt until at least 2017 if lawmakers fail this session to pass new funding for roads and bridges.

01/29/2015

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2 Early Challengers In Kline’s 2nd District

Minnesota Rep. John Kline will see challenges from both sides of the aisle if he chooses to run for re-election in 2016. A vice president at a medical device company and Kline’s challenger in the 2014 Republican primary both announced Monday they will run for 2nd District seat.

01/26/2015

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$17M Flood Aid Package Heads To Dayton For Signature

Minnesota lawmakers have given final approval to a $17 million package of disaster assistance that will help local governments pay remaining bills from June storms that hit the state hard.

01/26/2015

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PODCAST PAGE: 1-23-15 The Morning News-DAVE LEE

A Friday fun day on the WCCO Morning News-Click the link above to listen.

01/23/2015

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Bill With $20M In Immediate Tax Breaks Bound For Dayton

Days into the income tax filing season, a bill that awards up to $20 million in extra deductions and credits is on the verge of becoming law.

01/22/2015

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Podcast Page: 1-22-15 The WCCO Morning News-DAVE LEE

Click the link above to hear AMERICAN SNIPER’s Jim DeFelice and other highlights from Thursday’s show.

01/22/2015

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‘Black Lives Matter’ Group Marches On Martin Luther King Day

Demonstrators at the “Black Lives Matter Minneapolis” rally Monday said they think Martin Luther King Jr. would’ve been proud of what they did.

01/19/2015

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Office Space Disputes Threaten Capitol Renovation

Minnesota lawmakers are caught in a dust-up over office space at the State Capitol, and it’s threatening to delay the massive Capitol restoration now underway. The three-year, $272 million project is on time and on budget. But the tenants in the new building — including the governor, the Senate, the House and the attorney general — cannot come to agreement over how much space they will control.

01/14/2015

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Office Decisions Threaten To Delay Capitol Makeover

Disputes over tenant space are threatening to bog down the grand makeover of the Minnesota Capitol. A commission planned to approve the final phase of a $273 million renovation on Wednesday.

01/14/2015

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Tuition Breaks, Nursing Home Help Among Session’s 1st Bills

Minnesota lawmakers dangled the possibility of free vocational college tuition, student-loan forgiveness in certain career fields and tax breaks for the agriculture, mining and timber industries as potential uses for a $1 billion projected surplus.

01/08/2015

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Tuition Breaks, Nursing Home Help Among Session’s 1st Bills

Free vocational college tuition for Minnesota high school graduates? Student-loan forgiveness for working in specialized fields or rural communities? Tax breaks for the mining and timber industries? A prohibition on performance bonuses for Minnesota health exchange executives?

01/08/2015

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Reality Check: The ‘No Session 2016’ Movement

An interesting new idea from some Minnesota lawmakers this year: Cancel next year’s legislative session. The “No Session 2016″ movement began the first hour of the first day of the 2015 legislature, when top leaders revealed that they’re talking about it.

01/07/2015

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New Hands At Wheel As Minnesota Legislature Returns For Duty

Minnesota lawmakers are returning to action in a session where they’ll have to navigate a new political dynamic and widespread Capitol construction. The five-month session starts at noon Tuesday. It’s when Republicans formally regain House control.

01/06/2015

Old Dutch

Podcast Page: 12-16-14 Dave Lee

The Old Dutch Team of the week is a very special one….listen to the podcast by clicking the link ABOVE!

12/16/2014

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PODCAST PAGE-12-11-14 The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee

Check out THAD A CLAUS and other highlights from Thursday’s show…Click the link above to head to Dave’s PODCAST PAGE.

12/11/2014

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Big Numbers Shape Outgoing Budget Official’s Work

The departure of a top state finance official is triggering a shakeup in Gov. Mark Dayton’s cabinet. Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Jim Schowalter will step down for a job in the private sector, the governor announced Wednesday.

12/10/2014

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Podcast Page: 12-9-14 The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee-John Hines Hosting

John Hines fills in for Dave Lee….and finds out about the 50th Anniversary of Rudolph….click the link above to head to the PODCAST PAGE.

12/09/2014

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Mining, Wetlands On Agenda For 2015 Legislature

One of the top environmental issues in the legislative session that opens in January could be how best to protect Minnesota’s wetlands. The GOP takeover of the Minnesota House has changed the landscape for the environment and natural resources at the Capitol. Republican leaders have given a strong signal of their priorities by restructuring the committees that will deal with those issues.

12/06/2014

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Lawmakers Seek Deeper Look At State Finances

Minnesota lawmakers want to dive deeper into the details of a state report showing a $1 billion budget surplus awaits them. The House Ways and Means Committee summoned state finance officials to a hearing Friday to give more information about the just-released revenue forecast.

12/05/2014

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Minnesota Officials Expect $1 Billion Surplus

Minnesota finance officials say lawmakers have a $1 billion projected surplus at their disposal in the upcoming session. The estimate provided Thursday in a new economic forecast should make for a smoother path to a new two-year budget.

12/04/2014

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PODCAST PAGE: 12-4-14 The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee!

Thursday highlights…..Click the link above to listen back to Dave Lee!

12/04/2014

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State Capitol Renovation May Mean Changes For 2015 Legislature

Just a month before the 2015 Minnesota Legislature begins, the Capitol is in chaos. But it’s not because of politics. The 109-year-old State Capitol building is in the middle of a massive renovation that will mean limited public access during the session.

12/03/2014

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MN Students March To Capitol In Response To Ferguson

A number of Minnesota high school and college students expressed their disappointment with the Ferguson, Missouri outcome by walking out of school. They joined students who staged walkouts in more than 50 cities across the country on Monday.

12/01/2014

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Board To Put Final Stamp On Minnesota Election

Minnesota voters had their say, but this year’s election is only now at its official conclusion. The state Canvassing Board was to convene Tuesday to put the final stamp on an election that saw Democrat incumbents comfortably win races for governor and Senate after being subjected to recounts in their prior campaigns.

11/25/2014

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Minnesota Rallies In Wake Of Ferguson Decision

At least four rallies are planned in Minnesota in the wake of the grand jury’s decision in Ferguson, Missouri, not to indict officer Darren Wilson and hundreds of students in Minneapolis staged a sit-in to voice their discontent.

11/25/2014

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