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Minnesota Legislature Sends Dayton Tax Deductions Bill

The Legislature has sent Gov. Mark Dayton a bill that will allow about 250,000 Minnesota taxpayers to claim new federal tax deductions on their state releases as well.

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Senator Pederson Votes in Favor of Medicaid Expansion, Employee Raise Bills [AUDIO]

A plan adding more than 35,000 people to government-subsidized health insurance rolls in Minnesota is headed to Governor Mark Dayton's Desk. The state Senate voted 45 to 22 yesterday (Thursday) to approve the Medicaid expansion.

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Minnesota Senate Backs Matching Some Tax Deductions

The Minnesota Senate has unanimously approved a bill that will let some Minnesota taxpayers claim recently enacted federal tax deductions on their state taxes too.

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Dayton Gets Minnesota Bill Expanding Medicaid Rolls

A plan adding more than 35,000 people to government-subsidized health insurance rolls in Minnesota is headed to Gov. Mark Dayton's desk. The state Senate voted 45 to 22 on Thursday to approve the Medicaid expansion.

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Minnesota Lawmakers Weight Medicaid Expansion

Minnesota lawmakers are moving this week to take the federal government up on a health care offer: By making more low-income people eligible for the Medical Assistance program they're getting the U.S. government to temporarily foot the extra costs.

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UPDATE: Senate Approves Raise for State Employees

Thousands of state employees may soon get a raise. State Senators Thursday approved a new contract that includes a 2 percent pay hike.

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House DFLer’s Cigarette Tax Hike Up For Review

An influential Minnesota House Democrat is proposing a substantial increase in the state's cigarette tax. Rep. Ann Lenczewski of Bloomington wants to more than double the state's cigarette tax by $1.60 a pack, from $1.23 to $2.83.

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State Senator Renews Push for Sunday Liquor Sales

A Duluth lawmaker is pushing a bill that would legalize liquor sales on Sundays, even though he admits its chances are slim. Sen. Roger Reinert says consumers have wanted the change for years.

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Minnesota House Kicks Off 3 Days of Hearings on Guns

The national debate over guns has come to Minnesota's Capitol as lawmakers begin marathon hearings on a dozen proposed changes to state gun laws. A huge crowd turned out Tuesday at the House Public Safety Committee's first of three days of hearings on gun bills.

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Key Lawmaker Wants Robust Minnesota Construction Bill

A key Democratic lawmaker says within the next two weeks she will release a "robust" plan to borrow for public-purpose construction projects around Minnesota. House Capital Investment Committee Chairwoman Alice Hausman says her proposal will exceed the roughly $500 million plan Gov. Mark Dayton has suggested he will recommend.

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