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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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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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