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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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Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment
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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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Representative Banaian Not Supportive Of Vikings Stadium Proposal

At least one St. Cloud Republican lawmaker does not support the plan to fund a new Vikings stadium. Two Republican State lawmakers sent a letter outlining the plan to their colleagues last (Thursday) night. It basically calls for the team to pay for one-third, a local government such as Ramsey county to pay for a third, and then the state to finance the final third.

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DFL, GOP Lawmakers Host Town Halls At Library

You'll have a chance to give your input on what's happening at the State Capitol tomorrow (Saturday). Local lawmakers from both major political parties have planned town hall meetings at the St. Cloud Public Library.

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Representative Banaian Hosting Open Forum

State Representative King Banaian of St. Cloud invites you to join him tomorrow (Saturday). He'll be at the Lincoln Depot at 11:30 a.m. for a public forum.

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Banaian: Governor Dayton’s Budget Proposal “Not Balanced”

At least one local Republican lawmaker says Governor Dayton's budget balancing proposal includes too much spending, and not enough cutting. Dayton's plan calls for $2.28 billion in tax increases for the top earners, and only about $1 billion cuts.

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Legislative Review
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Banaian, Gottwalt Split Votes On $1 Billion In Cuts [AUDIO]

The Minnesota House passed $1 billion in state budget cuts in a close vote. The bill passed on a 69-63 vote. State Representative King Banaian of St. Cloud was one of four Republicans that voted against it. He says he didn't feel there was enough discussion about the bill.

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Reps. Gottwalt, Banaian On WJON’s Legislative Review Program

Representative Steve Gottwalt says Governor Dayton's plan to raise taxes on the wealthiest Minnesotans will hurt small business owners. Meanwhile, Representative Banaian says he's lukewarm to the idea of putting together a bonding bill.

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King Banaian, Tim O'Driscoll, John Pederson
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St. Cloud area’s 3 Freshmen Lawmakers Ready To Be Sworn-In

Three freshmen lawmakers from the St. Cloud area will be sworn-in tomorrow at noon. King Banaian, Tim O'Driscoll, and John Pederson take their oath of office right before the 2011 State Legislative session begins.

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