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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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Dayton, GOP Lawmakers Take Another Crack At Budget

Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders are meeting for private budget talks after more than a week of public posturing. The regular legislative session ended last week without a budget deal, pushing the state toward a sweeping government shutdown if the dispute isn't resolved by the end of this month.

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Several Bills Left In Limbo As Regular Legislative Session Ends

We know the State Legislature adjourned the regular session without getting a deal done on a budget or a Vikings stadium. But there are a lot of other issues that have been left in limbo as well.

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No Budget Deal Makes Minnesota Special Session Certain

A special session for Minnesota lawmakers is a certainty after the Legislature adjourned without a budget deal between Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republicans who control the House and Senate.

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St. Cloud Mayor Kleis Holding Out Hope For A Last Minute Bonding Bill

With just hours left in this year's state legislative session, it doesn't look like there will be a bonding bill this year. However, St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis hasn't given-up hope. Kleis says he still believes a bonding bill could be part of the budget balancing solution during a special session.

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No Budget In Sight On Last Day Of Minnesota Session

The final day of the Minnesota legislative session has arrived but there's no sign that Gov. Mark Dayton and GOP majorities are anywhere close to a deal on the state budget. Lawmakers must adjourn their regular session by midnight Monday.

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State House Expected To Vote On Same-Sex Marriage Today

As lawmakers wait to see what Governor Dayton does with the budget bills that have been sent to his desk, the State House is expected to vote on the gay marriage amendment issue today (Friday).

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Legislature Sends Governor Dayton A Budget, A Veto Likely

The Minnesota Legislature has sent a full set of budget bills to Gov. Mark Dayton. The Senate finished passing its last three budget bills Thursday afternoon when it approved funding packages for environmental programs and parks; highways, roads and transit programs; and higher education.

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