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Old Budget Ghosts Will Hang OVer new Minnesota Debate that Opens Tuesday

For eight of the past 11 years, deficits riddled Minnesota's budget and lawmakers responded with spending cuts, fee hikes, drawn-down reserves and other Scotch-tape solutions that momentarily balanced the books.

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Bill Would Make It Harder for Felons to Own Guns

The first firearms bill introduced in the Minnesota Legislature this session would make it harder for convicted felons who've served their time to regain the right to own a gun. The bill by Sen. Barb Goodwin, DFL-Columbia Heights, would eliminate the right of violent felons to petition courts for restoration of their gun ownership rights.

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Minnesota Lawmakers Start to Assess Rach of Sales Tax

In a prelude to a bigger debate, Minnesota lawmakers have taken their opening looks at plans to apply the state sales tax to online purchases and expensive apparel. A state Senate subcommittee on Wednesday reviewed a series of sales tax bills, including the one to make clothing sales above $200 taxable.

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Minnesota Lawmakers To Inspect Lagging Stadium Funds

Minnesota lawmakers who approved new forms of gambling in bars to help pay for a new Minnesota Vikings stadium are getting their first chance to scrutinize lagging revenues from that plan.

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Invasive Carp on Capitol’s Environmental Agenda

Carp, wolves, moose, copper and sand will be high on the agenda as the Minnesota Legislature tackles environmental and outdoor issues this session. Key players agree the Legislature may finally take concrete action against the advance of Asian carp up the Mississippi River.

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Minimum Wage Hike, All-Day K Among 1st Minnesota Bills

A big jump in Minnesota's minimum wage could be on the horizon. Among the priority bills in the Democratic-controlled Legislature is a proposal to raise the floor wage to $7.50 for most workers at the bottom rung beginning in August.

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Gottwalt, Morrow Formally Submit Resignations

Two state representatives have formally submitted their resignations, allowing Gov. Mark Dayton to set special elections to fill their seats. Both Rep. Steve Gottwalt of St. Cloud and Rep. Terry Morrow of St. Peter resigned via letters Monday, the day before the Legislature is to begin a new session.

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Minnesota Lawmakers to Debate School Levy Reliance

Next year's big debate over how to reshape the Minnesota tax system will include a serious discussion about school reliance on property tax levies. That's if incoming Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk gets his way.

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Minnesota Saw Scrapes Last Time with 1-Party Rule

One-party rule at Minnesota's Capitol means that harmony, efficiency and common purpose will reign, right? Don't bank on it. Next month, Minnesota Democrats take control of the House and Senate to go along with a governor's office held by Democrat Mark Dayton.

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Washington Fight Clouds Minnesota Budget Forecast

The impasse over the fiscal cliff in Washington is casting enormous uncertainty over the economic forecast in Minnesota. And that will complicate Gov. Mark Dayton's task of assembling a two-year budget proposal.

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