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Downed Minn. Projects Bill May Be Back But Slimmer

Top Minnesota lawmakers are searching for a way to assemble a slimmed-down construction projects bill that would include renovation funding for the state Capitol.

05/19/2013

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Minn. Lawmakers Sort Out Tax Increase Details

Leading Minnesota lawmakers have sorted out a tax package that is the linchpin of the next state budget. The top two percent of income earners will pay two percent more on a portion of their income. The per-pack tax on cigarettes will rise by $1.60. Some corporate tax preferences will go away. But there won’t be any changes to the alcohol tax.

05/16/2013

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New Minn. Cigarette Tax Unlikely To Exceed Wis.

Minnesota’s cigarette tax is about to go up, but a top lawmaker says the new rate won’t be more than Wisconsin’s. Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk says the final tax could match the $2.52 per pack rate charged in Wisconsin. That’s $1.29 more than Minnesota assesses now.

05/13/2013

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Bakk Says Wide Expansion To All-Day K Planned

The budget Minnesota lawmakers expect to pass will contain funding for all-day kindergarten at state expense. Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk said Monday that any district that wants to offer it will have the cost fully reimbursed.

05/13/2013

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Dayton, Minn. DFL Leaders Reach Budget Deal

Gov. Mark Dayton and the Legislature’s top Democrats announced an agreement Sunday to raise taxes on Minnesota’s wealthier residents and cigarette sales and to spend the extra money on public schools and colleges, as well as on other areas.

05/12/2013

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Sales Tax On Clothing Still ‘On The Table’

With ten days to go in the 2013 session, DFL legislative leaders held budget talks with Governor Mark Dayton Friday to hammer out their differences on tax and budget issues, including a Senate proposal to extend the state’s sale tax to clothing.

05/10/2013

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Senate Tax Plan To Affect More Than Top 2 Percent

The Senate’s soon-to-be-unveiled tax plan will likely affect more than 2 percent of the state’s top earners with an income tax increase, Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk said Monday.

04/22/2013

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Pay Raises For Minn. Lawmakers Barely Clear Senate

Pay raises for Minnesota lawmakers won approval Tuesday from the state Senate, but the plan to boost salaries of the governor, Legislature, agency commissioners and other elected officials faces a taller climb in the state House.

04/16/2013

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House Lawmakers Ditch Universal Background Checks

Minnesota House lawmakers are weighing whether to expand background checks for firearm purchases, a critical step in whether that measure can pass and become law.

03/19/2013

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VP Biden Calls To Assess Minn. Gun Control Bills

Vice President Joe Biden is taking an interest in Minnesota’s gun law debate.

03/19/2013

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Capitol Switches Course To Alternate Gun Plan

Top Minnesota lawmakers are tacking toward new gun legislation that wouldn’t impose universal background checks for gun purchases.

03/04/2013

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Top Minn. Dem Doubts Expanded Gun Checks Can Pass

Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk says a proposal to require background checks on all firearm purchases probably lacks support to become Minnesota law.

03/01/2013

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Tussle Over Staff Pay Sours Minn. Session Start

A tussle over pay cuts for Senate Republican staff members has caused an early rift in a legislative session where harmony was the goal.

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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Minn. Dems: Budget Deal Must Have Cuts, Tax Hikes

Minnesota House and Senate Democrats are laying down a few markers on the upcoming budget debate: Any deal must include spending cuts, a redesigned tax system that draws more from the state’s wealthiest and an on-time, no government shutdown guarantee.

01/09/2013

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