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Banaian: Don’t Eliminate State Worker Payouts [AUDIO]

Minnesota lawmakers are floating the idea of eliminating payouts to state workers for unused sick and vacation time. Republican State Representative King Banaian is also a state employee -- he's a professor at St. Cloud State University. He says that benefit should not be eliminated.

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Local Lawmakers React to News of Budget Surplus [AUDIO]

Minnesota lawmakers got an early Christmas present today (Thursday), a budget forecast of an estimated $876 million surplus for the rest of this two-year budget.

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Time Running Out for a Vikings Stadium Deal [AUDIO,POLL]

The clock is ticking, time is running out, forth down -- pick your sports cliche' -- the big question is, "who's going to blink first on the Vikings stadium issue?"

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St. Cloud State Lawmakers Host Town Hall

State Senator John Pederson, and State Representatives King Banaian and Steve Gottwalt will host a town hall meeting tonight (Tuesday).

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Stock Markets Continue To Struggle

It's another nervous day for investors on Wall Street. Standard and Poors downgraded the U.S. credit rating from AAA to AA+, which has investors selling off stocks. However, St. Cloud State Economics Professor King Banaian says the bigger picture is the overall global economy, which is also struggling.

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St. Cloud Leaders Want Civic Center, SCSU Included In Planned Bonding Bill

It's expected that a $500 million bonding bill will be part of the deal struck between Governor Mark Dayton and Republican Legislative Leaders. St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis says he expects St. Cloud to get some of that money for the Civic Center parking ramp.

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Local Lawmakers ‘Hopeful’ As Budget Talks Begin [AUDIO]

Governor Mark Dayton and GOP Leaders have started an all-day meeting aimed at bridging their state budget differences. And that's given local lawmakers hope that a budget shutdown can still be avoided.

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Several Bills Left In Limbo As Regular Legislative Session Ends

We know the State Legislature adjourned the regular session without getting a deal done on a budget or a Vikings stadium. But there are a lot of other issues that have been left in limbo as well.

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Local Lawmakers Make ‘No Per Diem’ Pledge

At some point the State Legislature is going to have to go into a special session to complete the budget for the next biennium. Exactly when and how long that special session will is yet to be determined. However, we do know that whenever it happens several of our local lawmakers have pledged to not be paid for it.

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Legacy Amendment Bills Quietly Advancing At State Capitol

As the State Legislature and the Governor continue to spar over high profile issues like the budget, gay marriage, and a Vikings stadium -- there's also bills that have quietly passed that tinker with the State Land and Legacy Amendment. The Land and Legacy Amendment brings in hundreds of millions of dollars, and state lawmakers have been voting on conflicting bills on where that money should go.

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