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Union Fight Brews With Right-To-Work Push in Minnesota

The push is on to make Minnesota a state where union membership is optional at companies that have unions. Several Republicans proposed Thursday to add a so-called right to work provision to the state constitution.

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Gottwalt: New Technology Would Save State Money [AUDIO]

When Republican lawmakers rolled out their agenda for the upcoming state legislative session yesterday (Thursday), one of the areas they targeted was stricter requirements for people on public assistance.

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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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Some New, Some Familiar Ideas Top GOP Agenda

Minnesota Republicans are striking some familiar themes for reshaping state government - and adding a few new ones to push in a legislative session that begins next week.

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2012 Legislative Session Could End in April

Minnesota House Republicans say they'll aim for an April conclusion to the 2012 legislative session, which would make it the earliest finish in more than a decade.

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Minnesota Budget Forecast Likely to be More Bad News

Minnesota lawmakers are braced for bad news with Thursday's release of a state economic forecast. Expectations at the Capitol are for somewhere between $500 million to $1 billion in red ink in the state general fund.

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Minnesota Legislature Examines Child Care Union Push

Republicans who have questioned the legitimacy and rationale for a union election affecting thousands of child-care providers are airing their concerns in a Minnesota House committee hearing.

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Minnesota Lawmakers Okay Budget, Assure End To Shutdown

Minnesota lawmakers have approved a budget deal that will end a 20-day state government shutdown as soon as Gov. Mark Dayton signs it.

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SCSU Gets $42 Million, Civic Center Gets Nothing In Latest Bonding Bill

The Minnesota Legislature has approved $498 million in state borrowing for construction projects including $131 million for the Minnesota Colleges and University system and another $88 million for University of Minnesota campuses.

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Dayton, Republicans Agree To Keep Trying On Budget

Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders say they've agreed to a series of budget talks starting next week. But the Democratic governor says the meetings will be "just for show" unless they agree on the amount of money the state will spend in the upcoming two-year budget.

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